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Tennis: Nadal’s false start in ATP finals

Nadal, who is seeded number one in the $14.75 million season finale of the top eight tennis players in the absence of compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, didn’t make the best impression on Sunday. He played only his second singles since his knockout round at the US Open in New York in early September.

Nadal won the Australian Open in Melbourne and the French Open in Paris this year, but has had to deal with injuries again and again. Also because of the birth of his first child, he has hardly been able to gain any match practice lately. The 22-time winner of Grand Slam tournaments did not get a single breakball against Fritz and lost after 1:37 hours.

AP / Antonio Calanni

Taylor Fritz converted his first match point after just over an hour and a half

Ruud defeats Auger-Aliassime

Ruud, finalist of the French Open and US Open, had defeated Auger-Aliassime 7: 6 (7/4) 6: 4 at the start of the green group. The world number four did not play outstandingly, but benefited from the fact that Auger-Aliassime made a total of 26 unforced errors. Even 14 aces were of no use to the Canadian, who recently won the ATP tournaments in Florence, Antwerp and Basel.

Ruud, who was in the same place in the semifinals of the “Masters” last year, converted his first match point after 1:51 hours. The German defending champion Alexander Zverev is missing in Turin because of his foot injury.

Djokovic and Medvedev in the same group

The favorites in Turin are Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic and last year’s finalist and Vienna winner Daniil Medvedev, both of whom are in the red group. The “Djoker” from Serbia has already won the event five times (2008, 2012 to 2015) and would equal the record of the Swiss Roger Federer with another title.

The Russian Medvedev also knows the feeling of winning the title, he defeated Dominic Thiem in the final in 2020, who is not there for the second time in a row. Thiem was a regular from 2016 to 2020, then still in London, and reached the finals in 2019 and 2020, which the Austrian narrowly lost in each case. Djokovic meets Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (winner 2019) on Monday, Medvedev meets his compatriot Andrei Rublev. Only the top two of each group advance to the semi-finals.

With Holger Rune, one of the hottest stocks in the tennis circus is, so to speak, “racket at foot”: The Dane traveled to Turin as the first substitute. He had recently managed to beat five top ten players at the same ATP event in Paris-Bercy on the way to the title. No one outside of the Masters had ever done that before him. The 19-year-old jumped into the top ten for the first time.

ATP-Finals in Turin

(Italien, 14.750.000 Dollar, Hardcourt/Indoor)

Green group

Tabel:
1. Taylor Fritz (USA/8) 1 2:0 1
2. Casper Ruud (NOR/3) 1 2:0 1
3. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN/5) 1 0:2 0
4. Rafael Nadal (ESP/1) 1 0:2 0
Game schedule:
Casper Ruud (NOR/3) Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN/5) 7:6 (7/4) 6:4
Taylor Fritz (USA/8) Rafael Nadal (ESP/1) 7:6 (7/3) 6:1

Red group

Tabel:
1. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE/2) 0 0:0 0
. Daniil Medvedev (RUS/4) 0 0:0 0
. Andrej Rublew (RUS/6) 0 0:0 0
. Novak Djokovic (SRB/7) 0 0:0 0
Game schedule:
Daniil Medvedev (RUS/4) Andrej Rublew (RUS/6) Montag
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE/2) Novak Djokovic (SRB/7) Montag
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