World No.2 Rafael Nadal lost to Dominic Thiem recently at the ATP Finals 2020. Although Rafa gave a tough fight to Thiem, he lost in straight sets. The match saw 2 back-to-back tie-breakers and Thiem survived both of them by playing some incredible tennis. The final scoreline was 7-6, 7-6.
Rafael Nadal will next face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the next robin round of the ATP Finals 2020. Before facing the Greek player, Nadal seemed quite confident in the post-match press conference.
“I know I have to play the best tennis I can. My goal is just to keep going. I hope to be ready against Tsitsipas. I am confident with my game” acknowledged the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
Rafa believed that he could beat Tsitsipas and was fully ready. The 34-year-old Spaniard also admitted that he had to play his best tennis from now on to go ahead in the tournament. Clearly, it will be a do or die game for Nadal against Tsitsipas. His chances of reaching the semis will be highly uncertain if loses his next match.
“Can win in every surface”- Rafael Nadal
Despite the loss against Thiem, Rafa looked quite confident in the press conference. He still backed himself and said that surfaces and players hardly mattered to him.
“I don’t want to pretend to be arrogant all the time. My thing is I think I can win in every surface and against any player,” added the confident-looking Nadal.
The Spaniard cleared out the air and said that he was not at all arrogant but it was his self-belief. Fans are surely looking forward for an electrifying match between Nadal and Tsitsipas in the upcoming days.
Before facing Nadal, Tsitipas has to face the young and energetic Andrey Rublev. The Greek player will really land in trouble if he’ll lose that match. A win against Rublev will not only give him a chance to stay at the tournament but also provide him with the confidence to beat Rafa.