Rafael Nadal has insisted that he will be back to his best next year after enduring his worst season in a decade in 2015.
Nadal, who is currently representing the Indian Aces in the International Premier Tennis League, only won three titles this year and reached the quarter-finals of the Australian and French Opens. The Spaniard fared a lot worse at Wimbledon and the US Open, where he was eliminated in the second and third round respectively.
However, despite all the hardship he has endured this year, Nadal doesn’t consider his season to be a total failure since he managed to beat world number two Andy Murray and reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
Furthermore, Nadal was ranked 10th following his exit at Roland Garros, but managed to climb back up to fifth on the world rankings by the end of the season.
"I think it's obvious that I did not have the best season possible, but I am number five in the world so actually it's not a disaster," he told reporters in Manila.
"I don't know if I'm going to win it (number one) back, (but) I'm working hard to create opportunities to compete for the best tournaments and I'm working so hard to try to make that happen.
"I think I finished it very well this season and I want to continue it that way."
The 29-year-old also made it clear that he will continue playing his own brand of tennis rather than adopting the style of world number three Roger Federer.
"I'm not Federer, I'm Rafael Nadal. He has his style and I have my own style," Nadal said. "I for sure try to improve many things during all my career and for sure I'm working hard to be a better player.
"And if I am a better player for sure I will have the chance to play a bit longer."