Rafael Nadal became the first singles player to qualify for the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals, which will be played in November, in London.
If the announcement of his qualification was made late on Friday evening, in reality, the Spaniard had qualified following his round-of-16 win in Toronto.
The world number one joked about the matter with the press after his quarter-finals match: “I don’t know if today they announce it, but it was yesterday. ATP was late. It was Nicola’s [NDLR: ATP communications] fault. [Laughter]”
Joking aside, Nadal was very happy about this new qualification for the year-end rendez-vous. “I think it’s my 14th qualification for the World Tour finals in a row”, he told the press in Toronto. “So it’s great news.”
A stellar season so far, despite an injury
So far, the man from Mallorca is having a spectacular season, despite retiring during his quarter-finals match at the Australian Open and then having to miss over two months of action due to a leg injury.
Once again, the clay proved a solace for the Spaniard, who won his 11th title in both Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. Then came a surprising defeat in the Madrid quarter-finals before taking his revenge on Alex Zverev in the Rome final. Finally, he won his 11th French Open crown. After a few weeks’ break, he reached the Wimbledon semifinals.
Nadal joins Marach and Pavic
Rafael Nadal’s qualification for the ATP World Tour Finals was the second such announcement in the last few weeks, as the current best doubles team in the world, Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic, have been confirmed two weeks ago.