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.”

Please follow Tennisbuzz on Twitter and Instagram, and you can like us on Facebook by clicking here.

For more exclusive content from Tennisbuzz, including news, features, trivia, promotions and more, please be sure to sign up for our newsletter below or via our home page.

Why not test your tennis knowledge by tackling one of our fiendish quizzes too?

Other News

‘I can finally see myself competing with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal again,’ says Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori says he can see himself being able to compete with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal again for the first time in months. Nishikori...

Daniil Medvedev to leapfrog Rafael Nadal in rankings with big three dominance finally showing signs of decline

Men's tennis will have a new name inside its top two for the first time in 16 years on Monday, with Daniil Medvedev breaking...

‘The only suspense at Roland Garros is to learn who Rafael Nadal will beat in the final,’ says Patrick Mouratoglou

The only suspense to the men's singles competition at Roland Garros is finding out who Rafael Nadal will beat in the final, says Patrick...

‘I’m just trying to focus on my mindset,’ says Roger Federer ahead of Doha return

Roger Federer is making his much-anticipated return to tennis in Doha this week after a year away from the sport and says he is...

Roger Federer: ‘Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest players ever’

Roger Federer has been praising rival Novak Djokovic ahead of his much anticipated return to tennis.  Federer was forced to take a year out of...

Novak Djokovic updates his schedule by confirming his next three tournaments

Novak Djokovic provisionally intends to play the Miami Open at the end of this month, his website has revealed. Djokovic suffered an abdominal tear whilst...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss a thing from Tennisbuzz - get all the latest tennis news, exclusive content and competitions, and tennis trivia teasers all delivered to your inbox.

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here