Rafael Nadal on failure to win ATP Finals: ‘We can find excuses but the numbers are the numbers’

Rafael Nadal says he cannot argue with the numbers and he doesn’t want to make excuses when reflecting on his failure to win the ATP Finals.

The end-of-season showpiece is one glaring omission on Nadal’s roll of honour, with the Spaniard reaching the final twice yet never managing to win the trophy.

In fact, Nadal has only ever won one indoor hardcourt event in his whole career, and that came 15 years ago at the Madrid Masters before they switched to clay.

He will get another opportunity to set that record straight next week, and he is keen to grasp it.

“We can find excuses or reasons but at the end of the day the numbers are the numbers,’ said Nadal on Friday.

“I play less indoors if we compare to outdoors in my tennis career but at the same time it is true what you say.

“There are reasons, the indoors is not an ideal surface for my tennis since the beginning of my career, the last couple of years has been better than the beginning of my career without a doubt but that’s the numbers and I can’t say something different.

“I hope to change that this week.”

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