Rafael Nadal has picked up his first win in the Green Group at the ATP Finals by beating Casper Ruud in straight sets. The world number two came out on top 7-5, 7-5 in Turin this afternoon.
The win means Rafa finishes with a 1-2 record at this year’s season finale. He ends 2022 with a 39-8 tour-level record.
“I have been practising well,” Rafa said afterwards. “Just probably not enough matches to be at the level that I needed to be. Not enough confidence, probably, after six tough months. That’s how it is. I accept that the season didn’t end the way that I wanted, [but] at least I finished with a positive victory.
“It’s important, the last official match of the season, so I am happy for that. At the end I am happy about that… I was able to win against a great player.”