Last event of the season, in which he still played. Played all the slams, masters, four ATP 500s
LONDON — Rafael Nadal will have to wait another year to win the ATP Finals.
The top-ranked Nadal withdrew from the elite, season-ending tournament after losing his opening match to David Goffin, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4, on Monday at the O2 Arena.
Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters at the quarterfinal stage 10 days ago and admitted ahead of the ATP Finals, which is played on indoor hardcourts, that his knees were still “not perfect.”
Despite having qualified 13 consecutive times for the ATP Finals, only eight of which he has been fit enough to compete in, Nadal has never won the event. He will be replaced his Spanish compatriot Pablo Carreño Busta, a United States Open semifinalist this year.
“My season is finished,” Nadal said. “Yeah, I had the commitment with the event, with the city, with myself. I tried hard. I did the thing that I had to do to try to be ready to play. I tried, but seriously was miracle to be very close in the score during the match.”
The top-ranked Nadal came into the season-ending event with a knee problem and then struggled in a 6-4 loss to David Goffin in his opening match.www.nytimes.com
Number?Lol, call me when this mug achieves at least 1/10000000000000000000000000 of what Nadal achieved in his career. He reached one slam 1/4 final in his whole career and didn't even play it. Well, yeah, he is somehow always facing the worst versions of Nadal-3 times in 2015 (Nadal's worst year) and in MC 2019 when Nadal played his worst clay match in 2005-2019.
This goes back to the matchup thing where folks think that Fognini is just saying that because he has won a few over Nadal. It's true that he caught Nadal at a vulnerable time in 2015 like some others did. Still, Fognini at that point had already experienced a high level version of Nadal on multiple surfaces. 2013 Rome Fognini squeezed 4 games from Nadal. Ha, the same treatment Federer got in the final. Nadal was a little off in between that dropping sets in a couple of matches, but good enough. Nadal beat him handily at RG later on 2013 too. It was a competitive straights setter, but with a ton of BP's left on the table 5/18. Probably should have been more one sided. Then, there's 2014 Miami where Nadal won 95.7% 1st serves LOL. Also, 2017 Shanghai Nadal won easily in just over an hour. Fog was off on serve and Nadal made him pay on 2nd serve and BP whole match.This has strangely become a popular opinion recently despite both still trailing in slam head to head 4-10 Federer and 6-9 Djokovic. Probably to do with Rafa not being good enough against them in recent times.