Rafael Nadal isn’t confident about World Tour Finals after suffering Paris Masters defeat
World No 1 Nadal has struggled with some form issues since his back-to-back triumphs at Roland Garros
He’s been dropping serve and missing angles of play
Despite his status as one of the best tennis players in the world, Nadal is not one to take defeat lying down.
However, while many might expect an almost-certain victory against world No 1 Pablo Carreno Busta to have little bearing on his overall performance, Nadal has admitted he will have to improve on his play if he is to continue to be successful this season.
“I’m going to have to find what’s going to make me stay in the match, what’s going to be enough,” Nadal told Sky Sports. “I think I did a little too many things at the beginning of the season. I think there’s a possibility that I could have done things better than I did.
“The question is when you look at what happened to me here, do I have a big advantage or is it just because I have been playing for such a long time, and have been through the process of things that are difficult to overcome?”
Nadal was not the only one to experience a tough time during the 2018 Australian Open.
World No 2 Naomi Osaka made her way back to the third round of a Grand Slam after falling in the second round against former No 1 Simona Halep
Nadal took a set and a break against Halep, which led him to question whether losing to the German would have had any impact on his season.
“I think the game could play itself to be better next year, I mean, you know, I don’t think it was that important of a tournament,” he said.
“I don’t think it was much of a problem. I think when you reach the French Open, you have to be ready for the big challenge. Obviously, I had a good level of confidence coming down to the French Open that I was playing great and that I’m going to play well in that tournament.
“I don’t think