ATP Finals: Nadal beats Tsitsipas, reaches last four

Rajdeep Saha
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ATP Finals: Nadal beats Tsitsipas, reaches last four
ATP Finals: Nadal beats Tsitsipas, reaches last four

20 Nov 2020: ATP Finals: Nadal beats Tsitsipas, reaches last four

Rafael Nadal reached the ATP Finals 2020 last four by beating 2019 champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets.

The world number two overcame Tsitsipas 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in London's O2 Arena.

The 34-year-old had been highly consistent until losing serve to drop the second set, but fought back to dominate the decider.

Here are further details.

Semis: Nadal is set to face Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals

The 20-time Grand Slam champion is set to face Russian Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals.

Medvedev is already guaranteed to win Group Tokyo 1970 with Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev contesting the remaining last-four place later on Friday.

Medvedev had stunned Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 earlier to make it to the last four.

Meanwhile, Zverev overcame Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Views: Nadal sheds light on his performance

Nadal threw light on his game after the victory against Tsitsipas.

"I was playing, I think, a great level of tennis for almost two sets," said Nadal.

"The score was close, but in terms of feeling I felt that I was playing better than him. Then the situation changed. He won that game and then I was starting to suffer with my serve."

Feelings: Nadal ecstatic after overcoming Tsitsipas

Nadal also said that since he found a way to win, he was very happy.

"But it's always a good feeling when you are playing well and you're playing against the best players of the world. You know you're going to be in a tough fight. That's what happened tonight. I was able to find a way to win. Very happy," he said.

Fact: Thiem loses dead rubber tie against Rublev

Earlier on Thursday, Dominic Thiem, who had already made it to the last four, lost 6-2, 7-5 to Russian Andrey Rublev in a dead rubber. US Open champion Thiem had reached the semi-finals by beating Nadal and Tsitsipas to win Group London 2020.