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Sport 'Being No. 1 again would be special,' says Nadal

00:05  28 october  2019
00:05  28 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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STAN WAWRINKA says it would be ‘ special ’ for Roger Federer to regain his world No 1 spot from Rafael Nadal . Roger Federer goes into this week’s ATP Rotterdam Open as the world No 2 but with Rafael Nadal not competing, a successful tournament for the Swiss veteran could see him move to

“It’s fantastic,” Nadal said . “I prefer to be No . 1 to No. 2 and No. 2 to No. 3. And of course, finishing the year world No . 1 is something special , and I would love to make that happen.” This is Nadal ’s first appearance since the Laver Cup due to a left hand injury. But he says he is ready to go in Bercy

Rafael Nadal wearing a blue shirt: Rafael Nadal is chasing Novak Djokovic's world number one ranking in Paris© Fabrice COFFRINI Rafael Nadal is chasing Novak Djokovic's world number one ranking in Paris

"I prefer to be No. 1 to No. 2," Rafael Nadal said on Sunday as he prepared to continue his rankings battle with Novak Djokovic in Paris this week and in the season-ending ATP Finals in London

If the 33-year-old Spaniard finishes at No. 1, it would be the fifth time he has ended the year on top of the rankings which would tie Djokovic, Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors.

At the moment, Nadal trails the Serbian, but the race is tight.

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Even if Nadal flops on what he says is his least favoured surface, Djokovic would still have to regain his title It would be sad not to be ," Nadal , wearing a white "Vamos Rafa" T-shirt, said at the giant " I 've already ended the year twice as number one and if it happens again , great, but it won't affect how I

Rafael Nadal has had a special career which has been punctuated by two great rivals in Federer and Djokovic “If I am ready for that, I think I am very excited about playing back on clay again ,” Tennis World USA quoted The good thing is that I had two very special rivalries with Federer and Djokovic.

"It's fantastic," Nadal said. "I prefer to be No. 1 to No. 2 and No. 2 to No. 3. And of course, finishing the year world No. 1 is something special, and I would love to make that happen."

Nadal's only competitive tennis since winning his 19th major at the US Open in September was the Laver Cup.

"I had my problem in the hand after the US Open, so I couldn't finish the Laver Cup the way that I wanted. Then I had to stop for a while," Nadal said. "I am here with the goal to play my 100 per cent. That's what I expect."

Nadal also took some time off to marry his partner of 14 years, Xisca Perello, at a castle in Mallorca on October 19.

Nadal has never won at Bercy but he refused to accept that Paris was an unlucky city for him.

"If it's not good luck that I won 12 times in Roland Garros, it's not bad luck that I never won here," added Nadal, who has a 48-6 record this year, winning 28 of his past 29 matches.

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Rafael Nadal says his return to number 1 after battling a serious knee injury is the greatest achievement of his illustrious career. That would be an incredible effort given the 13-time Grand Slam champion was sidelined with potentially career-threatening knee tendinitis for seven months

I've been saying that the no . 1 ranking isn't a goal for me for years now. In Nadal 's case, that could mean missing the Australian Open and looking to hit the ground running in Rio or Buenos Aires: "The main reason is to try to compete in conditions that are favourable and take less of a toll on me

His most recent loss came in the Wimbledon semi-finals against Federer.

"I missed this tournament a lot of times in my career. And other times I didn't play well and other times opponents have been better than me."

"As everybody knows, for me it's the most important city in my tennis career, so I love to be in Paris. It always gives me good vibes."

Nadal has also won only two tour tournaments indoors over his career.

"Of course it's an indoor surface that in the past is the surface that I had less chances. I think I have been improving the game to be able to play well. I think this year the surface is quite quick, quite fast. But I don't know. I'm happy to be here," Nadal said.

Djokovic and Nadal are the top seeds at the Paris Masters, the last tournament of the regular season.

World number three Roger Federer will decide on Monday if he will join them in the French capital.

"I've got a team meeting scheduled for Monday to discuss not just Paris but next season, I guess by tomorrow I'll know if I'm going to Paris or not," 38-year-old Federer said Sunday after defeating Alex De Minaur to win a 10th Basel title.

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There was Nadal last month crushing the field on red clay to win his record 10th French Open. There was Federer this month gliding across the grass and “I think maybe getting there for just one week anytime would make me just as happy,” he said . “That’s my feeling. To be No . 1 again would be

“ Being World No . 1 is a consequence of good results,” said Roig to ATPWorldTour.com in Cincinnati. “Since January, Nadal has had a spectacular year. Being No . 1 also means that he is playing great again , winning important matches and especially important tournaments. In some ways, this is the

"My fitness is fine, I'm happy with how I feel. I just don't know if I should (play next week). I'll figure it out with the team."

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