Feliciano lopez will be the first rival of Rafa Nadal in the last Masters 1000 of the season, that of Paris-Bercy. The Toledo has been imposed with solvency to the Serbian Filip Krajinovic by 7-6 and 6-1, so he will see his good friend the Manacorense this Tuesday.
It will be a fratricidal duel for which Nadal assures that he will be ready for anything. “At the level of play I am more prepared than before on these surfaces,” he assured in the previous one, in addition to assessing that physically he also arrives better than in previous years. “I was reaching the limit of strength”, admits.
The one in Paris-Bercy is one of the few tournaments where Nadal has not nailed his pike. There are only two others in which, at the moment, the Mallorcan has not triumphed: Miami and Shanghai. Ironically, there are barely 15 kilometers between the AccorHotels Arena and the Philippe Chartier, the center court of Roland Garros where the Spaniard has won 13 times.
The time he was closest to winning was in 2007, when he lost the final with the Argentine David nalbandian. That was the first edition of the hard court tournament, since before it was played on carpet. Since then, his best result has been three semifinals: 2009, 2013 and 2019.
Nadal’s match against López will also be special for him. If you get the victory, you will reach the round figure of 1,000. Only three other world tennis legends have crossed that border: Jimmy Connors (1.274), Roger Federer (1,242 at the moment) and Ivan Lendl (1.068).