ATP Finals: Nadal battles past Tsitsipas to enter semis; Rublev beats Thiem to sign off in style

ATP Finals: Nadal battles past Tsitsipas to enter semis; Rublev beats Thiem to sign off in style

Rafa Nadal battled hard to beat defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday and earn a semi-final spot in ATP Finals. Tsitsipas was eliminated from the season finale.

Nadal is into the semi-finals at this event for the sixth time as he continues his pursuit of a maiden title at the year-end championships. The World No. 2 tallied a 2-1 record to claim second place in Group London 2020 behind Dominic Thiem.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will play Russian Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals at the O2 Arena on Saturday.

Medvedev is already guaranteed to win Group Tokyo 1970 with Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev contesting the remaining last-four place

ATP Finals: Andrey Rublev ends his maiden ATP Finals with surprising win over Dominic Thiem

Andrey Rublev signed off from his maiden ATP Finals in style by registering surprise victory over the already-qualified Dominic Thiem in London. The Russian youngster defeated the U.S. Open champion 6-2 7-5.

Rublev took full advantage of a rather flat performance by Thiem who had already sealed his place in the semi-finals with two wins in the London Group.

However, defeats by Rafa Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas meant Rublev could not advance but the $153,000 and 200 ranking points for a group stage proved a sizeable carrot.

Meanwhile, Thiem, runner-up to Tsitsipas in last year’s final in London, now has a day off to shrug off the defeat and prepare for Saturday’s semi-final when he will face either world number one Novak Djokovic or Alexander Zverev.