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Rafael Nadal beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to hitch Dominic Thiem in ATP Finals semi-finals | Tennis Information

Rafael Nadal eliminates reigning champion Stefanos Tsitsipas to arrange a semi-final date with Daniil Medvedev. Nadal leads the head-to-head in opposition to Medvedev 3-0. The Russian held 5-1 lead within the third set with match level earlier than shedding to Nadal on the O2 in 2019

Final Up to date: 19/11/20 11:05pm

Rafael Nadal beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Finals in London

Rafael Nadal beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to succeed in the semi-finals of the ATP Finals in London

Rafael Nadal overcame defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas to hitch Dominic Thiem within the semi-finals of the ATP Finals and maintain alive his hopes of profitable the season-ending event for the primary time.

Nadal ended Tsitsipas’ hopes of retaining his title with a 6-Four 4-6 6-2 victory to succeed in the ultimate 4 of the event for the primary time since 2015.

As Group London runner-up behind Thiem, he’ll face Daniil Medvedev for a spot within the last with the Russian assured of prime spot within the Tokyo Group.

Nadal served beautifully up till an premature double fault noticed Tsitsipas pinch the second set, however the world No 2 responded properly to succeed in the knockout levels for the sixth time in 10 appearances.

Andrey Rublev signed off from his maiden ATP Finals in style by beating Dominic Thiem

Andrey Rublev signed off from his maiden ATP Finals in model by beating Dominic Thiem

Andrey Rublev signed off along with his first victory on the occasion in his dead-rubber conflict with Dominic Thiem.

Debutant Rublev was already eradicated after two losses whereas Thiem’s sensible victory over Rafael Nadal on Tuesday assured him prime spot within the group.

It was maybe no shock that Thiem skilled a comedown whereas Rublev, who missed a match level in his loss to Tsitsipas, hit prime kind to win 6-2 7-5.

The Russian, who gained a tour-leading 5 ATP titles this 12 months, seized on a sluggish begin from Thiem to maneuver 4-Zero forward and, though the US Open champion recovered from a break down early within the second set, Rublev broke once more and served out victory.

Whereas the outcome was immaterial by way of the way forward for the event, it nonetheless earned Rublev 200 rating factors and 153,000 US {dollars} (roughly £114,000) in prize cash.

“Clearly I needed to win the match 100 per cent however the first two matches had been fairly powerful, fairly lengthy. So, in fact, with the truth that I used to be already certified at the back of my thoughts, it was possibly troublesome at this time to maintain that depth alive.”

Dominic Thiem admitted he was a step brief

Rajeev Ram (right) and Joe Salisbury have qualified for the semi-finals of the doubles

Rajeev Ram (proper) and Joe Salisbury have certified for the semi-finals of the doubles

Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram reached the semi-finals of the doubles with a tense victory over French Open champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.

It was a winner-takes-all conflict and that confirmed, with nerves on show from all of the gamers, however in the long run it was Britain’s Salisbury and American Ram who triumphed 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 10-4.

The victory means Salisbury has made the final 4 at London’s O2 for the primary time, whereas the Australian Open champions’ hopes of ending the season because the world’s No 1 doubles pair are very a lot alive.

Jamie Murray (left) and Bruno Soares are reuniting next season

Jamie Murray (left) and Bruno Soares are reuniting subsequent season

In the meantime, Jamie Murray is to reunite along with his former doubles associate Bruno Soares subsequent season.

The pair cut up final spring, with Murray selecting to modify to fellow British participant Neal Skupski, however he will probably be again with Brazilian Soares for 2021.

Murray gained each his males’s doubles Grand Slam titles with Soares, the pair amassing the Australian Open and US Open trophies in 2016, whereas they certified for the ATP Finals for 3 straight years.

Murray has did not hit the identical heights with Skupski, though they did attain the semi-finals of the US Open final 12 months and had been agonisingly near qualifying for the O2 this time round.

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