Nadal reaches the semifinals after five years • El Nacional

Rafael Nadal is one of the best tennis players in history. Their numbers prove it: 20 Grand Slam titles (13 Roland Garros), 35 Masters 1000 championships, five Davis Cups and one Olympic gold in Beijing 2008.

However, his trophy rack has an empty place and has been reserved for several seasons: the Masters. And in this atypical 2020 he wants to seal that pending account. In this sense, he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas, last champion in the ATP Finals, 6-4, 4-6 and 6-2 in the final match of the London Group and, thus, reached the semifinals of the contest.

The Spaniard, who made sure to finish the year in the second place in the world rankings, had to work too hard to carry out a game that was all-nothing. Is that, if he was defeated, his next step in the British capital would consist of heading to the airport to get on a plane heading to his home in Mallorca.

However, he knew how to stand firm in adversity and, despite some doubts in the second set, he went out to eat the court in the third when he beat the Greek in all facets. So much so that he made fewer unforced errors, took the initiative whenever the opportunity presented itself and created great difficulties for his rival based on the variety and effectiveness of his first serve.

With this victory, Nadal finished second in the London Group behind Dominic Thiem, who earlier lost in straight sets (6-2, 7-5) against Andrey Rublev.

Beyond the fact that the other zone has not yet been completed, Rafa already knows his semi-final rival and he is neither more nor less than the Russian Daniil Medvedev, with whom he is 3-0 up in the record. In fact, they played last year at the 02 Arena in London in the group stage. The only thing left to know is Thiem’s ​​opponent, who will come out of the winner of the duel between Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev.


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