Rafael Nadal says he has identified his backhand as a key weakness behind his struggles in indoor hardcourt tournaments after more Paris frustration.
Nadal has never won the Paris Masters nor the ATP Finals, which are the most prestigious indoor events on the ATP calendar.
In-fact, Nadal has not won an indoor hardcourt event since the Madrid Masters 15 years ago, before it switched to clay, and he says it’s a record he would like to improve.
“I need to find a better feeling with the backhand on this surface because when I hit the ball sometimes I feel that I can miss it,” Nadal told Marca.
“I have been competitive, I have been there until the end against a player who is playing great on a surface that he’s winning on a lot. So it has been a positive tournament for me.”
Nadal still hasn’t won the Paris Masters in his career, but he says there is no underlining reason for that.
“It’s no curse,” he said. “It is a tournament on a complicated surface. Not winning a Masters 1000 is not an abnormal thing.
“[I have] Nothing to say about this event. You win or lose because you play with the best in the world
“The only curse is that the others have played better than me.”
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