‘Die for it’: Rafa Nadal’s shock admission after ‘ugly’ finals saga



Rafa Nadal has been eliminated from the ATP Finals in Turin after a second straight loss and has admitted he will keep fighting to reach his peak level.

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime charged past Nadal and ended his quest for his first ATP Finals title defeating the Spaniard 6-3, 6-4 in round-robin action at Turin’s Pala Alpitour Stadium.



Nadal previously lost to Taylor Fritz in his opening match and now sits bottom of the group with one match remaining against Norway’s Casper Ruud.

However, with Fritz and Ruud going to three sets, Nadal has been eliminated.



The Spaniard’s losses have raised alarm bells for tennis experts with the 22-time grand slam champion fading badly in both matches.

Nadal’s loss also marks just the second time in his career that he has lost four matches in a row.

However, Nadal hasn’t become one of the most popular sport stars ever without humility and his never-say-die attitude.





The 36-year-old made a concerted confession that he might never reach the performance levels that helped him win two grand slams in 2022.

He put this down to his body, age and his situation at home after the birth of his first child with his wife.

But, the Spaniard said he wasn’t done with tennis and showed his trademark never-say-die attitude to return to the pinnacle.



“There are a couple of positive things. I was able to play two tournaments in the past three weeks. That’s a positive, something that I was not able to do for a while,” he said.

“I don’t think I forgot how to play tennis, how to be strong enough mentally. I just need to recover all these positive feelings and all this confidence and all this strong mentality that I need to be at the level that I want to be.

“I don’t know if I going to reach that level again. But what I don’t have any doubt is that I (am) going to die for it.”


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