Rafael Nadal needs only one win in Paris to be the year-end Number 1.
He will meet in the second round the conqueror of Mischa Zverev, Hyeon Chung, which dismantled the German, 6-0, 6-2.
The Spaniard was very reserved during an interview, calming the enthusiasm of the press and fans.
The fact that Roger Federer withdrew from Paris makes El Toro almost for sure the year-end Number 1. But he is not getting ahead of himself. Rafa needs to stay focused, as there are still important things to fight for and achieve.
The King of clay can surpass Novak Djokovic in Masters titles, as now they share the record of 30 each. Nadal never won Paris. He never won World Tour Finals either, so these are 2 big goals to chase.
This is what Nadal said:
I needed to rest after Shanghai. I’ve had a lot of matches this year.
After winning Shanghai and winning Basel he [Federer] believes [missing Paris] will be better for his body and for his preparation for London.
I am here to try my best as always and just trying to practice well every day… I am just happy to be here in probably the most important city in my career.
Of course, if that happens [winning Paris Masters], it will be something important for me. But the season is not over and this is not the moment to think much about that. I will just try to think about trying to have the right preparation for the tournament and then try to be ready for the first match.