Rafael Nadal plans big improvement in 2012
After some disappointing results of late, world number two Rafael Nadal has made promises to improve his standards during 2012...
Nadal claims that he aims to lift himself to a “perfect” condition during the 2012 season; the Spaniard's plans to bolster his form come after a series of disappointing results at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Nadal made a swift exit from the tournament after losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earlier in the week – it was the world number one's fourth defeat in only ten matches.
Nadal freely admits that he has lost some of the passion that has previously helped to make him the number one player in the world, saying: "I probably had a bit less passion for the game because I was more tired than usual,
"This was a tough year but I'll do all to be perfect for the start of 2012."
2011 saw Nadal lose his number one crown to Novak Djokovic; despite managing to retain his French Open title, Nadal was not able to keep his top spot secure, and the Serbian sensation eventually overtook him at Wimbledon. Nadal lost each of his six matches against Djokovic this year; all of the matches were in finals, which left the Spaniard without a non-clay court title in seven years.
Nadal will have to make a quick recovery from his World Tour Final exit, as he will soon be representing Spain in the Davis Cup during december.
"We can find excuses, we can find problems, but it's not the moment to say that - it's the moment to keep fighting,” commented Nadal.
"The end of the year wasn't easy for me; that's hard to accept. But it gives me more of a goal for the beginning of 2012. I dream about arriving in 2012 with very good conditions."
William Hill and Ladbrokes currently offer 9/4 odds of winning exactly two titles in 2012, while Victor Chandler set their odds at 10/3.