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Sport I am fighting for it - Nadal still battling for number one spot despite fitness concerns

02:05  09 november  2019
02:05  09 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Nadal storms back against Medvedev to keep ATP Finals dream alive

  Nadal storms back against Medvedev to keep ATP Finals dream alive Rafael Nadal came back from the dead against Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday to keep his ATP Finals hopes alive and boost his chances of finishing as the year-end number one. The Spaniard was on the brink of defeat when facing a match point after being broken twice to trail 5-1 in the deciding set but stormed back to win 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).

Rafael Nadal confirms he WILL travel to London for ATP Finals despite doubts over participation due Rafael Nadal was forced to pull out of the Paris Masters before his semi-final But the new world number one tweeted he will travel to London this week

The world No. 1 spot is still hanging in the balance heading into the final week of the ATP season, with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both fighting for Djokovic had been top of the ATP rankings since November 2018 until last week when he surrendered his spot to Nadal , despite winning the Paris

a man holding a racket on a court: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are fighting for world number one© Getty Images Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are fighting for world number one

Rafael Nadal is set on ending 2019 as world number one despite doubts over his fitness heading into the ATP Finals.

Nadal overtook Novak Djokovic atop the ATP rankings on Monday but is still not certain of retaining the position at the end of the year.

Djokovic and Nadal are in opposite groups in London, with the Spaniard to face Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and in-form Daniil Medvedev – who he beat in the US Open final in a five-set epic.

Tsitsipas revels in ATP Finals victory over Medvedev

  Tsitsipas revels in ATP Finals victory over Medvedev Stefanos Tsitsipas revelled in his victory against Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals on Monday, admitting their spiky relationship had made his job tougher as Rafael Nadal prepared to make his bow. Medvedev then hit a backhand long to give Tsitsipas the first break of the match and he did not let his chance slip, serving out for victory. - Next Gen challengers -World number four Medvedev, 23, has emerged as the leader of the pack of young tyros bidding to unseat the old guard of Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.Four of the eight competitors at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena are under 24 for the first time in 10 years.

The world number one spot will go to Karolina Pliskova (left) Elina Svitolina (centre) or Garbine Muguruza "This Grand Slam is a special one because everyone is fighting for the number one spot as well "That's not something I 'm too concerned about." Live text and radio commentary of Nadal

Rafael Nadal can overtake Novak Djokovic in the rankings as early as this week at the China Open, in Beijing. In order to maintain his place at the top of the We know that the Serbian likes and works in order to finish the year number one . However, he has, right now, an immense load of pressure on his

The 33-year-old took to Twitter on Friday to provide an update on his fitness, stating he is "taking it day by day," after he was forced to withdraw from the Paris Masters due to an abdominal tear, though doubt remains as to whether he will be able to participate through the whole tournament in the English capital.

However, Nadal insisted he is still determined to cap off the year at the top of the rankings, should he stay fit.

"Of course I would love to be the year-end number one but I always said it was not my personal goal because I did not follow that [path]," Nadal said in a news conference at the O2.

"If I did, I would be flying to China after New York because I was in a positive position.

"But that doesn't mean I am renouncing to try to be number one. Not at all. I am fighting for it."

Nadal not giving up on ATP Finals despite injury

  Nadal not giving up on ATP Finals despite injury Rafael Nadal had scans on his abdominal injury and says he will travel to the ATP finals after the draw was announced.Nadal was drawn for this month's ATP Finals with defending champion Alexander Zverev in the tournament draw, with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer drawn in the same group.

for ATP Finals ahead of opener against Alexander Zverev: ' I am confident I can be very competitive' Rafael Nadal was forced to pull out of Paris Masters with abdominal injury ' I have been serving very well in Bercy (Paris), I had good matches, so I am confident that I can

Nadal is a key component at this month's Davis Cup finals in Madrid – promoted and controlled by Pique's own marketing company – but first he has to get through Barcelona star Gerard Pique will be hoping Nadal is fir for the Davis Cup finals he now later controls and promotes later in November.

Nadal, whose injury has prevented him from practicing, is hopeful of being fully fit for Monday's encounter with defending ATP Finals champion Zverev.

"I'm excited to be here after a couple of years without being able to play. I need to see how things evolve every single day," he said.

"I have good hopes to be 100 per cent ready for Monday. I had been serving very well in Paris, I had good matches, so I am confident that I can be very competitive.

"Of course it's a tournament that you will face the top guys since the beginning so you need to be 100 per cent ready.

"But I really hope I will be able to serve every single day a little better and my hope is to be on Sunday serving normal."

Zverev too good for troubled Rafa at O2 .
Alexander Zverev recorded his first victory over troubled world No 1 Rafael Nadal as the German made a perfect start to his ATP Finals defence. The Spaniard suffered an abdominal problem at the Paris Masters and it appeared on this showing that he has not fully recovered for the season-ending tournament in London. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

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