Greg Rusedski believes Rafael Nadal will struggle to win the ATP Finals this year because the court will be too fast for him to thrive.
Nadal has never won the ATP Finals, and has won just one indoor hardcourt event in his entire career – and even that was 15 years ago.
And, according to Amazon Prime analyst Rusedksi, this year is not going to be any easier for the Spaniard.
“I still think he can be dangerous but I think it will be a big ask for him to win and it will also depend what group he gets placed in,” Rusedski said.
“I think the court speed and the balls are just a little bit too quick and the other guys are playing better than him indoors. It is still a big ask to beat Nadal.”
Rusedski’s fellow British number one and Amazon Prime colleague Tim Henman agrees that while Nadal might not be the favourite, but you would not want to write him off.
“When you set the bar so high, when you look at his record indoors and sort of say, ‘Oh, it’s not too good’,” Henman said.
“But he’s won a Masters series indoors, he’s been in the final of the ATP Finals on two occasions I think. He’s still got a very good chance.
“I don’t think he’s the favourite this coming tournament but he’ll still fancy his chances if he’s fit and healthy.”
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