Published: Thu, November 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Zverev celebrates first victory over Nadal

Zverev celebrates first victory over Nadal

World numbber one Rafael Nadal overcame one set down and a 0-4 beginning in the third set to edge Russian world number four Daniil Medvedev 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4) in his second match at the ATP World Tour Finals here on Wednesday.

That lack of playing time certainly isn't helpful coming into an event featuring only the top eight players in the world, rather than lower-ranked early opponents.

'This is definitely a place and a court that I love, and that brings the best out of me, ' Zverev said after his straight-sets win over Nadal.

Clearly displeased, Nadal responded: "Honestly, are you asking me this?"

Nadal was comprehensively beaten by Zverev on Monday, managing just 13 winners in the 6-2, 6-4 defeat, while also failing to produce a single break point. "Is it a serious question or is it a joke?", he snarled. "It's a big surprise for me you ask me this after I have been with the same girl for 15 years and having a very stable and normal life".

'Now I'm here, I want to use the opportunity as much as I can and do the best as I can.

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He still has to face Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev in round-robin play, and probably has to beat both in order to reach the semifinals.

"It doesn't matter if you put a ring on your finger or not".

Stream live coverage of the Nitto ATP Finals with beIN SPORTS on KAYO. "It's a victory that I craved for a long time now", the 21-year-old Tsitsipas, the first Greek to qualify for the eight-man tournament, told reporters.

Djokovic, Federer, Dominic Thiem, and Matteo Berrettini complete the other side of the draw.

Medvedev continued to appear agitated, giving frequent sarcastic thumbs-up gestures to his team, and the Russian went into full meltdown mode as Nadal incredibly broke again while holding serve to level the set at 5-5.

"We had to do things step-by-step, taking a lot of precautions in my movement that we have been doing since last Saturday, and today I'm fine". Nadal is bidding to end the year as world No. 1 for the fifth time, although Djokovic may take the crown from him in London.

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