Nadal beats Tsitsipas to reach last four at ATP Finals
LONDON: World number two Rafael Nadal used all his experience to prevail in a three-set thriller against defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the semi-finals of the ATP Finals in London on Thursday. Nadal won 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 against Tsitsipas at the O2 Arena to reach the last four of the season-ending tournament for the sixth time in 10 appearances. Tsitsipas won it on his first try last year but exited after a second loss of the group stage, done in by a shaky serve in the third set when he was broken three times by Nadal, who improved his head-to-head record to 6-1 against the Greek player. “In general this was a very positive match for me,” said Nadal, who despite winning 20 Grand Slam titles has only two runners-up places to show for his previous nine appearances at the ATP Finals. “Excited to be in the semi-finals.” The 34-year-old Spaniard will now face Medvedev for a place in the final with the Russian already assured of top spot in the Tokyo Group. Medvedev had defeated Nadal at least year's ATP Finals in a match where the Russian led 5-1 in the third set, but neither advanced from the group stage that time. Now Medvedev is in great form, having won the Paris Masters and his opening two matches in London. - AFP