Omg, again. How can he win the tournament if he doesn't even PLAY IT? He skipped it in 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and arrived while being in terrible form in 2009 and 2011. Leave alone the fact that in the years where he came to the tournament in decent form (2010, 2013, 2015) he had to face Federer and Djokovic who were in their best forms. Do you really think Nadal wouldn't have won it at least once if he played it every year? Of course he would, for example in 2017. If he really wanted to win it then he would do it. But he just keeps skipping it, he doesn't really care. I remember in 2008 he actually said Davis Cup final is more important to him. (though at the end he had to skip it as well). Can you imagine him saying something like this about a slam? Yes, he cares about winning WTF much less than haters want to believe he does. It's just that he has 19 slams now, so haters have to find all reasons in the world to bring him down.The ATP Finals is one of the biggest five tournaments in the world. There’s the 4 slams and the ATP Finals that make up the 5 most important and legacy defining tournaments in the world. If Rafa does not win this tournament before he retires it will be a HUGE hole in his legacy. He knows it, his uncle knows it and all the tennis world knows it. So YES, he should definitely play in London starting November 10th. My pick is Federer defeating Djokovic for a record setting 7th ATP Finals title.
I'm 99% sure he will skip it again this year (for the sixth time just in this decade). And this is not going to be a huge hole in his legacy. The real big hole is that he won only 1 AO title in his career.