RAFAEL NADAL insists that even if Roger Federer beats him for the fifth time in a row this year at the Nitto ATP World Tour finals it means nothing – not till he can beat him on clay.
The Spaniard confirmed that he will definitely be playing David Goffin on Monday despite a knee injury as he would not have turned up to London otherwise.
But while he already has the year-end world no. 1 spot tied up regardless of his event, question marks have been raised about his supremacy in a year in which beating the Swiss has proved frustratingly beyond him.
Federer reigned supreme at the Australian Open final, Miami, Indian Wells and Shanghai and Nadal has to go back to the 2014 Australian Open semi-final for his last win against his career-long adversary.
With the pair in opposite groups at the O2 this week, they cannot meet until the semi-finals at least. However, the fighting talk has started already.
“I don’t need to beat Roger to be in good confidence,” Nadal insisted “I won enough to be in enough confidence anyway.“If I play against him here, it would be great to finish the year playing against him again and to give me another chance. But that’s it.
“You cannot forget that we played all the time on surfaces that he likes more than me. Just accept that and just find different ways to approach the match.“But if that happens and I am healthy enough, I hope to have my chances.”