Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Home Sports Rafael Nadal progresses to the last four of the ATP Finals after...

Rafael Nadal progresses to the last four of the ATP Finals after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas

The stakes couldn’t have been clearer going into the encounter, with the winner advancing straight to the knockout stages, after both men had lost against Dominic Thiem and beaten Andrey Rublev in their previous round robin matches.

Nadal, who has never won the season-ending tournament, was just too strong for his 22-year-old opponent, who was bidding to defend last year’s crown.

It looked as though the Spaniard was on his way to a comfortable straight sets victory, but Tsitsipas deserves credit for taking the match the distance.

“It’s always difficult to play here against the best players in the world everyday, at the end of the season when you get here you’re a little bit tired,” Nadal said after the match. “I am just excited to be in the semifinals and I hope to be ready to try my best.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas is the defending champion at the ATP Finals.

Nadal eyes first title

A single break of serve was enough for the Spaniard to take the opening set, and he maintained the pressure at the start of the second.

But just when it looked like the 34-year-old was cruising to victory, his Greek opponent upped his game out of nowhere to break Nadal’s serve and force a deciding set.

The high level of tennis on display seemed to drop off in the third set, which started with three consecutive service breaks.

It gave the 20-time grand slam champion an unassailable advantage, and he broke serve once more on his way to victory.

“I think I played quite well for such a long time. That game at 5-4 in the second set affected me a little bit,” Nadal said.

“I was winning my serves quite comfortably until that moment, after that everything changed a little bit and I started to serve worse,” Nadal said. “In general terms, it was a positive match for me. To reach the semifinals in the last tournament of the year is an important thing.”

Novak Djokovic targets Pete Sampras' year-end world No. 1 record in Vienna

Nadal has never won the ATP Finals but is now just two wins away from claiming the prize. However, he faces a tough match against Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals.

The Russian is in impressive form at the tournament, beating world No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Wednesday.

Djokovic plays Alexander Zverev on Friday, with the winner facing Thiem in the other semifinal.

The ATP Finals is being played at the O2 Arena in London for the last time before it moves to Turin in 2021.

However, there won’t be a chance for fans to say farewell to the stage that’s hosted the tournament since 2009, with matches being played behind closed doors due to the pandemic.

Source link

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Australian Open could be ‘really dangerous’ for tennis players, says ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev

It's a sign of the times, though, that he's thinking more about his health than winning a debut slam, given the way the ongoing...

One Republican board member suggests he will certify Michigan votes

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesAfter first congratulating President-elect Joe Biden for his win over the weekend, Republican Sen. Pat Toomey criticized President Trump for reaching out...

“Your talent should be your drug,” Shekhar Suman condemns Bharti Singh : Bollywood News

Shekhar Suman has some wise words of rebuke for Bharti Singh, now in custody for alleged drug consumption. Says Shekhar, “Your talent...

Joe Biden announces top foreign policy and national security picks

Joe Biden announces top foreign policy and national security picks Source link

Recent Comments

Close Bitnami banner
Bitnami