BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2013
London Quest "The Most Difficult One" For Nadal
by ATP Staff|
Rafael Nadal will seek to complete a personal-best season on the ATP World Tour with an exclamation mark after ousting Roger Federer 7-5, 6-3 in the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, on Sunday.
The year-end World No. 1 will have to go through rival Novak Djokovic on Monday evening to win his first crown at the Final Showdown and equal a career-high 11 titles in a single season.
“For me it is important to be in the final in the last tournament of the year,” said Nadal. “It is great to have the chance to finish the year with a victory, but I know a lot of work remains. It is probably the most difficult one.”
Nadal will attempt to capture just his second indoor hard court title of his career, after defeating Ivan Ljubicic in Madrid eight years ago. The Spaniard is proud of his accomplishments on hard courts this year and believes a title in London would be “a very good way to finish the year”.
“The most important thing for me is on the toughest surface for me to play, the most difficult one, to win four matches against top eight players,” Nadal added. “That’s great news for me.”
With a 39th meeting with Djokovic set to culminate the 2013 ATP World Tour season, the Mallorca native is hoping to end the year on a high note.
“Now remains the last match. I hope to be ready for this. I know it’s going to be a difficult one, but I will try my best. I need to play my best match to have a chance tomorrow and I will try. That's all.”
Today’s final will mark just the third time that both finalists are undefeated at the season finale since 1993. It is the fifth matchup ever between World No. 1 and World No. 2 as well.