Rafael Nadal beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to keep his ATP Finals hopes alive

Tanya Simon
November 16, 2019

Rafael Nadal once again fought back to win at the ATP Finals, this time coming from behind to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-5 in his final group stage match in London.

Nadal, who would have been eliminated with a defeat, won 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 7-5 in their final group match in London.

Nadal briefly kept alive his qualification hopes in Friday's first match at the O2, valiantly battling back from a set down to beat the already qualified Tsitsipas. But the 19-time Grand Slam champion produced an astonishing comeback to defeat Medvedev, the Russian fourth seed, on Wednesday and give himself a chance of qualifying from the round-robin phase.

Roger Federer served up a masterclass to stroll past Novak Djokovic and qualify for the last four of the ATP Finals with a 6-4, 6-3 win on Thursday. Nadal's efforts will count for nothing unless Medvedev, who now has nothing to play for, beats Zverev.

The 33-year-old created several chances to break in the deciding set, then finally made it in the 11th game.

To avoid Nadal in the rankings, Djokovic needed to win in London. I am super happy.

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The Spaniard lost the tiebreak 7-4 in first set but broke in the ninth game in the following set. After all the thing that I went through in my career in terms of injury I didn't know at the age of 33-and-a-half if I would have this trophy in my hands again.

Earlier, Matteo Berretini ruined Dominic Thiem's chances of winning the $2.8 million for an undefeated victor, in what was a meaningless victory for the Italian in terms of qualification for the semi-finals. It's something really, really emotional for me. A lot of work to be where we are today and without all my team and family this year next to me this thing would be impossible to me. He has had to pull out of the tournament on six occasions because of injuries and reached the final only twice, the last time in 2013.

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 enjoyed it from the beginning.

'It was one of his very best performances I have seen. "It was definitely magical".

"The O2 is the most special arena for me".

While Tsitsipas lost, he still finished on top in his group. The Swiss will face the Group Andre Agassi victor today.

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