PHOTOS/VIDEO: 2020 Nitto ATP Finals / Rafael Nadal vs. Dominic Thiem
2020 Nitto ATP Finals / Rafael Nadal vs. Dominic Thiem 6-7(7) 6-7(4)
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Rafa: “It was a great match, decided by a few small details. Well done to him. He played an amazing match – and I played well too. So my feeling is not negative. He had three match points but I had 5-2 in the first set and two serves in the tie-breaks. I am much more confident now with the level of tennis that I am playing than a couple of days ago.
"I think even if I never won here, I don't want to pretend to be arrogant at all, because I am not. But I really don't need to show even to myself or to no one that if I am playing my best tennis I think I can win in every surface and against any player.
I never won in the World Tour Finals. That's the real thing at the same time. So no problem about that. I know I have to play my best if I want to have chances.
Today was a match that I played at very high level. I have a match against Tsitsipas in two days. Gonna be another tough one.
I hope to be ready. I think playing like this I am confident that I can have my chances in the tournament."
On the unresolved subject of the Australian Open:
“There is a two-week quarantine, but we can practice during these two weeks, so it’s not a big difference compared to what we are doing today. The only negative thing is we have to be there 16 days in advance. That’s the issue.”