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Paris Masters 2022: ‘New dad’ Rafael Nadal not worried about No. 1 ranking any more | Tennis News

Paris Masters 2022: ‘New dad’ Rafael Nadal not frightened about No. 1 rating any extra | Tennis Information

Rafael Nadal is a distinct man. He’s dropping sleep over his new child child and never a lot the No. 1 rating. Even with all of his absences, Nadal has a shot at ending the season because the world No. 1. He has racked up 5,820 factors, trailing solely the top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz, who has 6,650. However Nadal made clear on Tuesday what his priorities have been when he was peppered with questions on combating for the year-end No. 1 spot.

There will probably be no combat. Nadal has achieved the coveted year-end No. 1 rating 5 occasions, tied with Roger Federer, and trailing solely Novak Djokovic (7) and Pete Sampras (6).

“I don’t combat to be No. 1,” Nadal mentioned at a Paris Masters information convention. “One thing that I mentioned since very long time in the past: I cannot combat anymore to be No. 1. I did previously. I achieved that purpose a few occasions in my profession that I’ve been very, very completely happy and proud about. However I’m in a second of my tennis profession that I don’t combat to be No. 1.”

Each Rafa expression tells a story ______

__ @RafaelNadal chatting with the media in Paris! _@RolexPMasters | #RolexParisMasters pic.twitter.com/ZKHVtFTS13
— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 1, 2022

For now, he desires to be a No. 1 dad. He’s come to Paris for his first event since his spouse Maria Francisca Perello gave beginning to their first little one — a boy — in early October. Nadal admitted he’s approaching issues in another way now that he’s a father.

“It’s fairly fascinating how, even after (figuring out him solely) two or three weeks, go away your son at dwelling and never be capable of see him . . . you begin lacking him,” Nadal mentioned. “We’re fortunate right this moment that, with the know-how, every thing, we are able to do video calls any time that you really want.”

Nadal obtained a first-round bye and can face Tommy Paul or Roberto Bautista Agut within the second spherical on Wednesday. He hasn’t performed competitively since September when he partnered with Federer in doubles on the Laver Cup to have fun the final match of the retiring Swiss nice.

Nadal gained the Australian Open and French Open this 12 months to realize a file 22 Grand Slam singles titles, yet one more than Djokovic and two greater than Federer. However the vibe on tour is a altering of the guard, with 36-year-old Nadal passing the baton to 19-year-old Alcaraz, not less than of their Spain homeland.

Nadal has struggled with accidents and performed solely 10 tournaments. He suffered a stress fracture in his ribs at Indian Wells in March. Then an belly damage compelled him to drag out of the Wimbledon semifinals and affected him the entire summer time. “It’s apparent that after I was No. 1 for the primary time in my profession in 2008, I actually wished to be there,” Nadal mentioned, “as a result of I felt that 2005, ’06, ’07, together with ’08, I used to be doing superb outcomes, successful a number of tournaments, having a number of factors on the rating system.

“At the moment is a distinct story for me. I don’t know what number of occasions I performed, like 10, and I completed eight. Troublesome to be No. 1 like this. However completely happy to be in that place that claims after I was taking part in, I used to be taking part in properly.”

Alcaraz grew to become the youngest males’s No. 1 within the 50-year historical past of the ATP rankings in September when he gained his first main crown on the US Open. “It was my dream to win a Grand Slam, to grow to be No. 1 of the world, however I didn’t count on to do this at 19 years outdated,” Alcaraz mentioned. “Every part got here so quick, quicker than I may think about.”

Alcaraz is about to clinch the year-end No. 1 for the primary time. He may very well be the primary participant to realize that outdoors the Huge 4 of Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Andy Murray since Andy Roddick in 2003.

(with PTI inputs)

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