Rafael Nadal was asked what his expectations are looking ahead to the ATP Finals in London where he has never won the title.
The Mallorcan said: “I am in Paris. I am not in London. It’s not important to play here to be playing well in London.
”It’s important to play here because this is a Masters 1000 and one of the most important events of the year, honestly, no? London is in one week and a half. Honestly, I’m not thinking at all about London. It’s true that I never won, but you can’t win everywhere.
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And I tried hard during all my career. I had a couple of chances, and I hope to be ready to give me one more at least. So let’s see. I’m able to talk about Paris now. When I’m in London going to be the time to talk about London.
But now we’re in quarterfinals of one of the most important events. So I don’t take this event as a preparation for another. I’m playing here because it’s a very important event for me. “You can’t play against the surface, no? It’s true.
”You can’t play a clay court game here if you want to have success here and you cannot play an indoor way on clay if you want to have success on clay. And that’s the beautiful thing about this sport, have the capacity to adapt yourself to the different conditions.
”For me personally, of course, here I need to adjust a couple of things in the way that I serving, the way that I prepared the points, that there is not much time to hit one ball here, one ball to the other side and then wait for the right opportunity. Here, you can’t wait much, and I’m trying to play with the surface, not against the surface.”