A battle that lasted two hours and five minutes ended with the scoreline of 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Tsitsipas, as a result, has been ousted from the season final.
To start the match, it was little that separated both the players. However, the second seed in Nadal clearly had a plan on attacking the not-so-potent backhand play of Tsitsipas with his forehand strokes. The idea was to induce errors from the 22-year-old Greek.
Speaking in his on-court interview after a hard-fought win, Nadal said, “[To] be in the semi-finals here, in the last tournament of the year, is an important thing,”
“[I am] happy for that and I am looking forward to the semi-finals against Daniil [Medvedev],” he added.
Nadal has the record in the tournament for most consecutive qualifications (16). The Spaniard has been able to earn a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals each year from 2005-20.
On the other hand, Tsitsipas would have clearly wanted to become the second-youngest player to defend his ATP Finals title. A feat that Lleyton Hewitt accomplished at the age of 21 in 2002.
Rafael Nadal And The Standing At The ATP Finals 2020
Rafael Nadal becomes the second player to qualify from the Group London 2020. He is set to play Daniil Medvedev in a rematch of sorts of the 2019 US Open final.
The Russian qualified for the last-four from the Group Tokyo 1970 after his win over World No.1 Novak Djokovic.
Dominic Thiem was the first to qualify from Nadal’s group and will play the winner of Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev.
Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman join Tsitsipas in the list of players eliminated from the tournament.
Djokovic and Zverev have all to play for. While the German comes off a win over Schwartzman, the Serb will look to regroup and come up with a clinical performance to seal the last-four spot.
Rafael Nadal, however, finds himself in familiar territory. He is into the semi-finals of the event for the sixth time. He will be eyeing his maiden title at the year-end championships.