Nadal: IPTL ‘perfect practice’ for next season

Rafael Nadal believes that competing in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) is the perfect preparation for the looming ATP World Tour 2016 season.

Nadal is representing the Indian Aces, the tournament's defending champions, who currently lead the standings after four wins and a single loss.

The last of the tournament's five legs will take place in Singapore from December 18th to 20th, while the first ATP event of the season takes place in Brisbane, Australia from January 4th.

“The tennis in IPTL is so competitive, it’s a tough match, everyone wants to win and the tennis is of high quality,” Nadal told the tournament's official website.

“For me, this time of the year, it is great to be here, it’s the perfect match practice. I am training hard, and I get to play some competitive matches against some good players. If I wasn’t here, I would be training in Mallorca, so it is great to be here.”

The first leg of the tournament took place from December 2 to 4 in Kobe, Japan, before moving on to the Manilla in the Philippines from December 6-8.

Nadal and company are currently competing in the third leg in New Delhi, India, which started on Thursday and will run until December 12.

The Spaniard led the Aces to a 30-12 victory over the Philippine Mavericks on Thursday; teaming up with Rohan Bopanna to beat Treat Huey and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4 in the men's doubles before beating Roger-Vasselin 6-4 in the men's singles.

On Saturday, the Aces will take on a strong UAE Royals side, featuring Marin Cilic, Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych, in the final match of the India leg

“I will give it my best. The format is so quick, and everything moves so fast, but I am looking forward to playing against Federer on Saturday!” Nadal said.