The 27-year-old Spaniard told a packed press conference yesterday that his motivation was as high as ever, but finishing the year in top spot ahead of his main rival Novak Djokovic was not a priority.
“The easier answer is ‘yes’ but the real answer is ‘no’,” he replied when asked if finishing one of his finest seasons as World No 1 one gave him added motivation.
“When I go to play in every tournament, I play with the same motivation and try to play with the same intensity. I’m excited to be back in Paris, which is a very special city for me, probably the most special city in the world.
Talking about the No 1, it really doesn’t worry me. Seriously.” The Mallorca-born ace missed the early part of the season through injury but came back in style and is chasing a record sixth Masters title of the season here.
Nadal will also be aiming to become the first man since Andre Agassi in 1999 to win both the French Open and Paris Masters in the same year here.