Rafael Nadal started the ATP Finals badly on Monday. The number one in the world lost his first group match against defending champion Alexander Zverev. Stéfanos Tsitsipás was in charge of the Russian Daniil Medvedev in the O2 Arena in London.
Nadal had to acknowledge his superior in Zverev after a match of almost an hour and a half: 2-6 and 4-6. The German, who beat more winners and was more constant in his service, did not award the leader of the world ranking any breakpoints and struck the service of Nadal three times himself.
The 33-year-old Nadal had a messy preparation for the Finals. The Spaniard recently had to give up injured for his semi-final duel with Denis Shapovalov at the Paris Masters tournament and thus did not arrive in a top fit in London, although he was optimistic about his physical condition.
Nadal never managed to win the ATP Finals. The Spaniard, who did not participate in the year-end tournament last year, did reach the final twice. In 2010 Roger Federer remained too strong and three years later Novak Djokovic prevented him from winning the final. Zverev won the Finals last year by beating Djokovic in the final.
Alexander Zverev has started his hunt for title protonation well. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Tsitsipás beats Medvedev
The other match in group André Agassi was won by Tsitsipás, who settled with Medvedev: 7-6 (5) and 6-4 without losing a set. Both players make their debut at the ATP Finals, where the eight best players of the year face each other.
The 23-year-old Medvedev, the number four in the world, arrived in top form at the Finals. The Russian reached the final battle on six of his last seven tournaments, including the one at the US Open (loss against Nadal). His impressive series ended in Paris at the end of October.
In the other group (Björn Borg) of the ATP Finals, Dominic Thiem was able to beat Federer on Sunday, while Djokovic was too strong for Italian Matteo Berrettini. The number one and the number two qualify for the semi-finals.