ATP World Tour Finals: Rafa Nadal said he was excited to be playing in London again
Last Updated: 05/11/13 9:39pm
Nadal on the Sky Pad
Rafa Nadal admitted he had not changed anything in his game despite avenging last week's Paris defeat to David Ferrer in their opening match at the ATP World Tour Finals.
Nadal suffered a surprise loss to his countryman at the semi-final stage in Paris but crushed his old rival 6-3 6-2 in London.
However, the Spaniard said it was really just another game after he won the Group A clash in an hour and 14 minutes.
"Even if I was not able to play my best a lot of times here, I really have great feelings every time I have the chance to be playing in this stadium."
"What really changed is nothing in three days," he said. "But probably he arrived a little bit more tired after playing the final there. The court is a little bit slower.
"I played with a little bit more calm than the other day. And, in my opinion, he didn't have the chance to hit the winner as easily as he did three days ago."
Nadal has not enjoyed the best of fortunes at the end-of-season event since it was moved to London, failing to even make the semi-finals on two occasions and missing out last year due to injury.
But he is looking to make up for lost time this year and admitted he is as highly motivated as ever.
"It is a fantastic stadium. It's a stadium that I really love. It's one of the best stadiums that I ever played in," said the world No 1.
"I enjoy it every time. First of all, what it means to be playing here, because it shows you had a great season, and at the same time the atmosphere, the lights.
"Even if I was not able to play my best a lot of times here, I really have great feelings every time I have the chance to be playing in this stadium. Last year was a big miss for me.
"Sometimes I didn't play my best. Other times, I played well. I had a few chances without a positive end. But I going to try to play a good match tomorrow and create another chance to be in the semi-finals again."
Ferrer did not use his Paris exertions as a reason for his disappointing performance, merely stating he was not entirely at one with himself.
"I think it was not a good day," he said. "Rafael played well. In all the match I didn't have a good feeling. "Tomorrow I think I will play better. I hope so. I have to be positive.
"It was a bad day, but it's good to have a bad day here in the round robin because I have one chance for tomorrow and on Friday.
"Maybe I'm a little bit tired. I played a lot of matches these seven weeks. It's not an excuse. But to beat these type of players, it's very important to rest and to be in perfect condition."