The world no. 1 has revealed that he is not optimistic about his chances in the ATP World Tour Finals if Roger Federer is his opponent.
The Spaniard and the Swiss are on opposite sides of the ATP World Tour Finals Draw, which means they can meet in the final later this month.
However, Nadal is not looking forward to a potential match-up as he’s not recorded a single victory in all 4 meetings against Federer this year.
“My dream is to win the tournament,” Nadal said. “And if I play Roger in the final then my chances are less than playing another player”.
“But I would love to play in the final and if I play Roger then I will try my best to beat him.
“It’s true that I play Roger every time this year on the surfaces that are better for him.
“But I will just fight to win my first match of the year against him.”
The 31-year-old also thinks he might not be fit for the ATP Finals as he’s battling with a knee injury; one that forced him out of the Paris Masters at the quarter-final stage.
“Let’s see if I am able to be 100 per cent to compete,” he added.
“I went back home and visited the doctors to do some treatment. I expect the treatment to work and be ready for here.
“I know I’m confident because I’m having a great season with one event to go. I am here to try my best,” he said.
However things turn out, Nadal is guaranteed of the year-end world No. 1 after Roger Federer exempted himself from the recently concluded Paris Masters.