Rafael Nadal Breaks Silence on Why He Is Title-Less at Rolex Paris Masters

Published 11/08/2020, 2:12 AM EST
Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his quarter final match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno-Busta REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


Rafael Nadal will have to continue to wait for his first major title at the deep end of the season. Nadal’s woes in the Rolex Paris Masters and on indoor hard-courts continued with a 6-4, 7-5 loss to big-striking Alexander Zverev in the Rolex Paris Masters 2020 semi-finals. Nadal himself assessed why he is yet to win a title on the Parisian hard-courts.

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While it is known that the conditions are his least favored, Nadal also does not play any indoor hard-court events until Paris-Bercy.

Why I never won here in Paris? The surface is difficult. Generally, it’s my first tournament indoor,” Nadal said after his loss on Saturday.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2020 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his semi final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Rafael Nadal dissects his trophy drought

The 34-year-old’s wait to tie Novak Djokovic‘s tally of 36 Masters 1000 titles also continues. And Nadal admitted that he is expected to win a Masters 100 title, more often than not. “But you can’t say it’s not normal that I don’t win a Masters 1000,” Nadal expressed.

As he often does in defeat, Nadal praised his opponent who was simply better than him on the day. “Here you have the best players in the world. And there’s no point in losing when the opponent is better,” the Spanish legend said.

A trophy-less drought makes it seem like Nadal always struggles at the event. However, he has made at least the quarter-finals each time he has played the tournament. Nadal’s first appearance resulted in an appearance in the final where he lost to David Nalbandian in 2007.

The others to beat Nadal at Paris-Bercy

Nikolay Davydenko, Djokovic, Zverev’s current coach David Ferrer, Stan Wawrinka, and now Zverev are the only other players to beat Nadal at Paris-Bercy.

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Nadal has not consistently played the event, but three semi-finals and two quarter-finals, apart from a final, is something he can take confidence from.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France – November 4, 2020 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his second round match against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Nadal now heads to another major indoor hard-court event that he has not won. At Paris-Bercy, Nadal has struggled against the top players in the latter stages of the tournament. The ATP Finals will be all about the same.

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The top-8 players in the world will face off in London next week. Things will not get easier for Nadal there. But if he can make it through the round-robin stage, expect Nadal to up the ante as he chases a maiden title in London.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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