This year’s US Open and French Open champion, Rafael Nadal has poured cold water on the hot discussions over his chances of reclaiming the No.1 spot.
This year’s US Open and French Open champion, Rafael Nadal has poured cold water on the hot discussions over his chances of reclaiming the No.1 spot. With Serbian Novak Djokovic reclaiming the numero uno spot, last week, for the 100th week running, the Spainard’s main focus is playing well. He said, “I don’t know what exactly I need to do to become the No.1, but the only way I can do it is playing my best. It’s something that not worries me today. Only thing that I am focus on is try to keep playing well.”
The 13-time Grand Slam winner can reclaim the top spot in ATP men’s rankings if he makes it to the finals of the China Open. However, it’s not what’s on Nadal’s mind right now! Nadal who has had a difficult time with injuries, hopes to get back to winning ways. “It’s difficult to say. But I am going to try to keep playing well and work hard every day to be ready for the competition. If that happens, I hope to keep having chances to win a lot of matches,” said Nadal.
Over the years, fans across the globe have liked the rivalry shared between Rafa and Djokovic and according to the former, a good opponent could be the motivation to reach higher. “A lot of great players during my career say that if you are not able to keep improving your level, your chances to keep winning and keep being in the top positions of the ranking is going to be not big,” said the Spainard.
World number 1 Djokovic is unbeaten in three previous visits to the China Open – in 2009, 2010 and 2012, while Nadal has 22 straight hard-court wins since coming back from injury earlier this year. Whose winning streak will be ended remains a question.
-With additional inputs by IANS