Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tsitsipas reaches ATP Finals semis after Nadal comeback

Tsitsipas reaches ATP Finals semis after Nadal comeback

The Greek tyro, 21, broke his big-serving German opponent three times in the Group Andre Agassi match to seal a 6-3, 6-2 win at London's O2 Arena.

Medvedev now faces an anxious wait to determine if he will advance to the next stage of the ATP Finals as he will next face Alexander Zverev and will need other matches to go in his favour if his goal of tournament victory in London is to be realized.

"But at 5-3, of course I started to believe, because being only one break away, why not? From that moment I thought I can have a chance".

In a rematch of their marathon US Open final of September, which Nadal won in five, the Spaniard looked on the brink of elimination as Medvedev broke his serve twice at the start of the third set.

He claimed he was unsure what reporters were referring to when questioned over the incident, instead offering that he may have simply just been fidgeting with a water bottle.

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The 23-year-old began sarcastically applauding his coaching team as Nadal hauled back game after game, edging the match ominously towards a tie-break. "It was a crew situation".

Tsitsipas has already secured his place in the last four after beating defending champion Zverev.

"Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, all these celebrities have been here so I'm really glad to have been here". I don't know why, because you're not used to that.

But something was clearly off for Nadal as he lost to Zverev for the first time in six meetings.

Nadal, meanwhile, meets Stefanos Tsitsipas ahead of a potential semi-final spot in the tournament which will keep him at the summit of the world rankings - so long as rival Novak Djokovic doesn't win the event. The evening clash was the youngest, in terms of combined age, at the ATP Finals since Andy Murray played Juan Martin del Potro in 2009, but produced a performance of maturity and sustained quality by Tsitsipas to leave Zverev, 22, in his wake.

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