Nadal beats Tsitsipas to stay in contention at ATP Finals

Nadal beats Tsitsipas to stay in contention at ATP Finals

Nadal beats Tsitsipas to stay in contention at ATP Finals

The number six seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece will take on Roger Federer of Switzerland, seeded three, in the semi-final of the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Saturday, November 16.

The 38-year-old will now play the victor of Spanish legend Nadal and Greek sensation Tsitsipas in Saturday's semi-final. In the afternoon match, not before 1400 United Kingdom time, Tsitsipas has the tough task of defeating Roger Federer today and stats-wise, Federer does have a decent advantage over the Greek man.

And Nadal only improved, especially at the net where he was at his imperious best, and remarkably survived the entire match without facing a break point while unforced errors began to creep into his opponent's game.

Zverev beat already eliminated Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 7-6 (4) at the O2 Arena to finish second behind Stefanos Tsitsipas in the group and set up a semifinal against Dominic Thiem.

They told me what they think is going to happen.

Spaniard Nadal had earlier beaten group victor Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (4) 6-4 7-5 in a near three-hour battle to keep his hopes alive but needed Medvedev to do him a favor by beating Zverev. The Russian largely held his own after that but couldn't force a single break point and double-faulted to go 5-3 down in the second-set tiebreaker.

Reaching the final is another milestone in a breakthrough season after he also beat Federer on the way to the Australian Open semifinals. "For me, this was a must-win situation", Zverev said.

But he produced a performance of astonishing grit to recover from 5-1 and match point down against Daniil Medvedev and saw off Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets on Friday. But super happy for everything.

Nadal didn't face a break point and again, his serve numbers were good, so his elimination will have been a real blow to him - he has the year-end number one ranking to console himself with.

It's the fifth time that the 19-time grand slam victor ends the year atop the rankings, tied for second on the all-time list with Djokovic, Federer and Jimmy Connors.

"I thought I played some consistent, solid tennis". Pete Sampras did it six times.

The stylish 21-year-old, the first Greek to qualify for tournament in half a century, soaked up everything Federer threw at him and returned it with interest to subdue the Swiss great.

"I think this trophy is the work of the whole year, a great year in all terms", said Nadal.

He reached the semi-finals at all four Grand Slams in a season for just the second time in his illustrious career.

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