Former World No.1 Rafael Nadal seeks for his first crown at the ATP Finals since 2006. It’s 10th appearance for Spaniard at the season-ending tournament. He faced Daniil Medvedev for a place in the championship match on Saturday.
The 34-years-old stunned the Russian in the first set(6-3). Later, world No.4 broke off the second-seeded from reaching the third finals at the year-end event after winning the two sets in a row(7-6, 6-3).
However, the 20-times Grand Slam Champion is now feeling hopeful and optimistic ahead of next season. In a post-match interview, Spanish legend said he would use the off-season intentionally and make himself for upcoming battles.
“My goal is always the same: to go to every tournament and to give myself a chance to compete well and to try to win it,” Rafa said.
Nadal added, “That’s the goal of every year. My motivation [has] been always the same. Next year is going to be an important year. I hope to be ready to fight for the things that I want to fight [for]. I’m going to work hard during the off-season to be ready for the beginning.”
Rafael Nadal ’s 2020 Career Overview
Rafa began the season at the inaugural of ATP Cup, where Spaniard helped his country to reach the final. Subsequently, he exited from the Australian Open after the four sets lost to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinal.
And also, World No.2 travelled to Mexico for hunting his 85th career title at the Acapulco Open. Afterwards, Nadal went to home confinement for nearly six months due to pandemic and tennis tour suspension.
In the ATP tour resumption, 2019 champion decided to skip this year US Open owing to health risks of COVID-19.
Eventually, King of clay marked his appearance at the Italian Open, where he was the defending champion. But, he was defeated by Diego Schwartzman before reaching the semifinal of the event.
Moreover, Rafael Nadal made history at Roland Garros after beat World No.01 Novak Djokovic in the straight sets in the final. In the end, Spaniard lifted his 13th title on the Parisian clay.
However, Rafa concluded the season with back to back semifinals at the Rolex Paris Masters and Nitto ATP Finals 2020.