At this stage of his career, Rafael Nadal is extremely cautious about his schedules to avoid to get injured. However, the world no.1 didn’t take it very easy with his upcoming plans this time.
In fact, after a prolonged break following the Laver Cup, the Spanish sensation played the ATP Finals and then a taxing Davis Cup the week after. The King of Clay got a rather short break soon after to resume his training at his beloved Academy. Rafa will compete in the upcoming Mubadala World Tennis Championship (19-21 December) to then go to Perh to spend the end of the year. Later, he will defend the colors of his country again at the ATP Cup (3-12 January).
Rafa will head to Melbourne to try to win his 20th slam (20 January, 2nd February) before going to Cape Town (South Africa) and play an exhibition with his dear friend Roger Federer (7th of February)
Rafa has been dealing with inflammation to his left hand that prevented him from playing the last single at the Laver Cup. There are obvious doubts if this schedule is a bit too hectic for the King of Clay and if he is going to attend all the events he has been scheduled. Time will tell.
Nadal ranking, and stats in 2019
Now the world no.1, the Spaniard has a 52-7 win-loss record in 2019.
Roger Federer’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.3, Federer played his last match on the 16th of November when he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in London.
This year Roger has a 51-10 win-loss record. Roger conquered 4 titles in 2019 in Dubai, in Miami, in Halle and in Basel. Federer was the finalist in Indian Wells and in Wimbledon.
The last time that they fought against each other, Roger Federer won 7-63 1-6 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in London on the 12th July 2019.
Here the highlights.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
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