Rafael Nadal is always disadvantaged by the surface at ATP Finals, says Andy Murray

Rafael Nadal would have won the ATP Finals ‘six or seven times’ if the event was played on clay, says Andy Murray. 

Nadal missed out in the event again last week, as he lost to Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals despite a pretty good showing in London.

It means he is still awaiting his first ATP Finals title, which is remarkable given everything else he has achieved in tennis.

Murray, though, thinks the Spaniard has always been disadvantaged in the event because it is played in his weakest surface (indoor hardcourt) and never on his favoured one of clay.

“It’s definitely one [Nadal] would like to have won,” Murray said of the ATP Finals.

“It’s just not his best surface and it’s possible that if it was played on clay for the last 10-12 years, then maybe he would have won it six or seven times.

“So, as for sure that the surface has been a contributing factor. It all comes down to preference and game styles and matchups and there’s lots of reasons.

“Rafa would have been highly motivated and really wanting to win this event.

“But, just a difficult surface for him against the top players.”

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