Rafael Nadal beats Stefanos Tsitsipas to keep ATP Finals last four hopes alive

Rafael Nadal came from a set down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas and keep his hopes of qualifyigng for the semi-finals alive after a thrilling three-hour marathon.

The world number one lost the first-set tiebreak against the undefeated Greek to give him a mountain to climb. But he bounced back in true champion style to force a deciding set and finally edged the three-hour marathon 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5.

Daniil Medvedev must later today defeat Alexander Zverev in the night session in order for the Spaniard to secure his place in the semi-finals.

UPDATE: Rafa finishes 2-1 in round-robin after two stupendous comebacks but still doesn’t make semis after Zverev beats Medvedev 6-4, 7-6(4).

After the match, Rafa has got his trophy for ending the year as the top-ranked player in the ATP rankings and that feels fitting given the performance he’s just put in.

17 comments

  1. Thanks for the update.

    I am sad Rafa didn’t make the semis, he gave his all on the court but I am very happy he won the beautiful year end no. 1 trophy! Thank you for an unforgettable 2019, amazing👏

    Stay healthy and happy, Rafa❤️

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  2. Rafa congratulations you give all what he have.well don Rafa you are amazing this year is the best for Rafa vamosssssssssssss. Champ good luck again love all your fans for ever 💪🎾❤️😘

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  3. Congrats on beating a tough opponent. Your speech was gracious and appreciative of fan support.
    Your facility with English is certainly improving. It did indeed look like a heavy trophy-you are so deserving of it.🏆enjoy the moment.👍💪👏🎾❤️🥇

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  4. Rafa’s hopes and dreams are still ALIVE, winning the ATP WTF.

    I hope Rafa gets all the rest needed in order to beat Roger tomorrow. It’s not official yet but I feel Rafa will qualify.

    RAFAMAZING FOR THE WIN

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    • I guess my comment may be incorrect after fans saying Rafa may play Roger in the final.

      Let’s just say, for argument’s sake, that Rafa qualifies.

      The last four would be Rafa and Tsitsipas from group A.

      Roger and Thiem from group B.

      So which players would pair up for the semifinals?

      Thanks

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      • The formula is that the winner of group A plays the runner up of group B and vice versa. If Zverev loses, then Rafa wins group A and plays Roger.

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      • Thank you for the clarification Va4favre.

        I sure hope his happiness in winning today calms his nerves so he is able to rest his body and have a wonderful sleep tonight.

        RAFAMAZING FOR THE WIN

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  5. KUDOS GOAT NADAL AND MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING THE NUMBER ONE WORLD TENNIS CHAMPION FOR THE 5TH TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) LOVED YOUR PRECIOUS VICTORY TODAY AND YOUR POINT BY POINT PRECIOUS FOCUSED STRIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) KEEP SMILING SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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