Rafael Nadal returns to full fitness for French Open final

Carlos Alcaraz becomes youngest year-end No. 1 in men’s tennis as Rafael Nadal’s slump continues at ATP Finals.

Carlos Alcaraz becomes youngest year-end No. 1 in men’s tennis as Rafael Nadal’s slump continues at ATP Finals.

Rafael Nadal has lost his last four tour-level matches, but returns to full fitness while competing for his second consecutive ATP Finals title today.

“I think that it is a little bit ridiculous that I am going to play a tournament at a club where in the last year and a half nobody else has played in a month,” Nadal told reporters in Paris ahead of today’s final.

“I am playing for my second French Open title. That’s what I’ve been working for,” Nadal added.

The Spaniard has not won this year’s event since the 2008 final, losing his previous six finals at the tournament. The two-time French Open winner has had an inconsistent campaign on the season and has lost his final four matches in a row.

This will be Nadal’s first French Open final since 2011 where he lost in the second round to Roger Federer.

“I played my best match on Friday against [John] Isner,” Nadal said. “Isner is the favorite at the moment. I like his game. I like what he gives and I will not go easy on him in the semis. I will be there for the third round [to] try to do what I did against [Sergio] Garcia, where I gave myself a tough match. He showed me that he can beat me.”

“On Friday, he played brilliantly. He played well in his first two matches against [David] Ferrer and [Marcel] Laing. He came back from a set and a break down against [Johann] Tschussky. And in the third set, he showed me that he can not be nervous.

“He is a great player. He is a great player. He plays at the highest level. His opponent is a strong player, but so far, he is fighting well,

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