Nadal and Tsitsipas are joined in their round-robin group by the US Open champion, Dominic Thiem, and the debutant Andrey Rublev, whose tally of five singles titles this year is more than any other player on the ATP tour. Djokovic heads a group that also includes Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, who have been the most successful players on the curtailed indoor circuit this autumn, and another first-timer in Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman.
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“We can find excuses or reasons but, at the end of the day, the numbers are the numbers,” said Nadal. “I think I played less indoors than on the other surfaces, without a doubt… The indoor surfaces have not been the ideal surfaces for my tennis game since the beginning of my career.
”I think I am able to play a little better in the past couple of years indoors than I did at the beginning of my tennis career, without a doubt, but [these are] the numbers. I can’t say something different. I hope to change that this week.”
The fact that he has just broken Jimmy Connors’ record for the most consecutive weeks in the Top 10 ATP Rankings, and recently secured his 1000th ATP tour win, will have been noted. For someone as competitive as he is, adding the ATP Finals trophy to his collection will be a driver because having a missing piece of the puzzle will not sit well with him.
This year he’s arriving in London fit, and off the back of four “helpful” matches at the Rolex Paris Masters. Yes, he didn’t win the competition however he believes that his work in France has provided a solid base for the forthcoming competition.
—209 weeks at No. 1
—351 weeks at No. 2
—57 weeks at No. 3
—54 weeks at No. 4
—66 weeks at No. 5
—11 weeks at No. 6
—15 weeks at No. 7
—7 weeks at No. 8
—12 weeks at No. 9
—8 weeks at No. 10
Running the numbers, Rafa has spent 26% of the time at No. 1, 81% of the time in the Top 2 and 93% of the time in the Top 5.
PHOTOS: Practice sessions in London
- Friday, November 13
- Saturday, November 14
- Chatting with fans
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