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ATP 1000 Championships in Paris. Rafael Nadal: I don’t fight for the leaderboard anymore – Tennis

ATP 1000 Championships in Paris.  Rafael Nadal: I don't fight for the leaderboard anymore - Tennis

In the French capital, Nadal is number two on the ATP roster, earning a “goodbye” in the first round. In the second, he will face either compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut, or American Tommy Ball.

It will be the winner’s first match in 22 Grand Slam events after a two-month hiatus due to abdominal problems.

Rafael Nadal: I’ve been number one many times

– I don’t fight for ranking anymore. I just fight to be in good shape in every tournament. I’ve been number one many times in the past. I was very happy and proud of that, but I’m already at a point in my career where it’s no longer my goal – Nadal confirmed in the press conference.

He also added, when he first became the leader of the arrangement – in August 2008 – it was the fulfillment of his great ambition.

– Today is a completely different story. I’ve played in maybe 10 tournaments this year, and under the circumstances, it’s hard to be the first. But I am satisfied with the current position anyway, because it means that when I played, I played well – he made an assessment.

Rafael Nadal misses his son

In October, the first child of Nadal and his wife, Maria Francesca Barrillo, was born. The tennis player admitted that he misses his son.

“It was never easy for me to leave the house, but it’s great that he’s only been living in my life for three weeks and I really miss him and can’t wait to see him again. It’s a new experience and a big change in my life. Thankfully, thanks to technology, I can see her on a call Video “Seeing him helps, even if I can only see him on screen,” Nadal said.

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Video: Eurosport Rafael Nadal after winning the Australian Open

At the same time, he admitted that he himself was not sure how cool he would be.

– When a player of my age returns to the game after a break, the reaction of the body is difficult to predict, but it is difficult to think about winning (in Paris – editor). I am happy to be back in competition. Two more championships await me to finish this year on an optimistic note – succinctly.

Author: kz
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Source: eurosport.pl, PAP

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