Nadal expects to be fully fit for ATP Finals
World number one Rafael Nadal says he is confident of being "100 per cent" fit for his opening match at the ATP Finals next week.
The 33-year-old has had to deal with his fair share of injury issues over recent seasons, with his latest abdominal problem forcing him to withdraw from the Paris Masters last weekend before he was due to take on Denis Shapovalov in the semi-finals.
However, the 19-time Grand Slam winner is hopeful of taking a full part in next week's season-ending ATP Finals in London and he believes he could even be 100 per cent fit for his opening match in Group Andre Agassi on Monday against defending champion Alexander Zverev.
"I need to go day by day. I'm happy to be here because after last Saturday in Paris I didn't know if I would have the chance to be here," Nadal told reporters.
"So 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. I have good hopes to be 100 per cent ready for Monday."
Nadal has played one match at the ATP Finals over the last three years, as he was forced to withdraw after his opening contest in 2017 with a knee injury, while in 2016 and 2018 he pulled out before the tournament had even begun.
Remarkably the Spaniard will be bidding to win the end of season event for the very first time this year and, after taking on Zverev, he will also face Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the semi-finals.
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