“Now I see myself with more options to make a very good result”Nadal said after losing to Thiem in a great game. And apparently this Thursday in his duel against Tsitsipas, he was not bluffing. The Balearic was sensational in all aspects (serves, volleys, winning shots, speed, agility, remains …) And he did what he had to do: win 6-4, 4-6 and 6-2 in 2h: 04 to get into the semifinals of the ATP Finals for the sixth time in his career. The current champion of the tournament fell again in London against the number two in the world, as in 2019, but this time defeat costs him elimination. Nadal, who has already accumulated 20 victories in the Masters and overtakes McEnroe in eighth place in the historical table, will retain its position in the rankings until the end of the year after the otherwise inconsequential, defeat of the aforementioned Thiem, his pursuer, against Rublev (6-3 and 7-5). The Spaniard, who delivered only 13 unforced errors, will meet Medvedev for a place in the final on Saturday (15:00, #Vamos). while the Austrian will face Djokovic or Zverev (9:00 pm, Movistar Deportes).
The start of the game was extraordinary in terms of power and precision. Another duel of the highest level in the Masters. Both Nadal and Tsitsipas closed their first services firmly and with very few concessions. There were no grooves for a break opportunity to come along and no many long exchanges. Those that were seen were spectacular. Very typical of a hard court and indoors. The Hellenic knew that success had to go through aggressiveness, without waiting for failure, in serves, and knowing how to endure the rest. “I will have to go through a lot of pain and suffering,” he had predicted. So it was. Rafa, with the armed drive, found his first chances to break in the opening set. They got away for a bad return against a second. Strong in the head before the pressure of always serving from behind on the scoreboard, the Mallorcan served wonderfully. At 4-4 he made another break chance and Tsitsipas made it easy for him with a double fault. This time Nadal did not miss the advantage as in the second set against Thiem. This closed it with two aces and five points lost in his turns (he gave up a total of 19 in the entire match).
With half of the way very well traveled, the one of Manacor dhe emaró in the first game of the second set, although he failed to consummate the threat. Then he crushed good Stefanos with his service and I look forward to another opportunity to surprise the rest. The Athenian could not overflow or hurt when receiving, doomed to the desperate search for the tiebreaker, until strangely Nadal, with 5-4 against, made two climbs that maybe they didn’t touch. Thus came the first break balls and at the same time Tsitsipas set. The unexpected happened due to a double fault, this time from the Spanish. Serious error that did not do justice to a set in which he signed 12 winners and three failures. He had to row more and he did it hard, with a break out in the third set. But nevertheless, he could not consolidate it because his rival took a step forward in aggressiveness and he lacked a bit of strength. Nothing happened, because immediately Rafa went ahead again and then he confirmed with some difficulties. The level of services was very difficult to maintain due to wear and tear. ANDthose minutes of disorder solved them well, He added another break to his card and ended the agony. For dessert, a wonderful parallel reverse. It is already at the crossroads. This may finally be your year.
Schedule and results of the ATP Finals.