Rafael Nadal has enjoyed a remarkable season.
The Spaniard has returned to world No. 1, won two Grand Slam titles and lifted six trophies in a hugely successful year but there’s been one thing he’s been unable to do: Beat Roger Federer.
In four meetings with his great rival, the 31-year-old has come up short.
The Swiss has also won two majors in 2017 and got his hands on seven trophies thus far and he enters the ATP Finals in London as the heavy favourite to end the year on a high.
Nadal has one last chance to set up a meeting with Federer at the O2 and end a run of five straight defeats to the 36-year-old.
But despite failing to get one over on his old foe this season, Nadal pointed out that he had not faced Federer on his favoured clay and insists that he doesn’t need to beat Federer in order to gain confidence.
‘No, I don’t need to beat Roger to be on good confidence,’ he said in his pre-tournament press conference. ‘I won enough to be on good confidence.
‘If I play him here, it would be great because it’s great to play against him again to give me another chance. But that’s it. We can’t play all the time.
‘We have played some places that he likes more than me. So I’ll just accept that.
‘If it happens and if I’m healthy enough, I know I’ll have my chances.’