Stefanos Tsitsipas is about to play Rafael Nadal to try to end the run in his group at the very top. The Greek sensation has been probably the best player of these ATP Finals so far as he is still undefeated and he won both matches in straight sets against Daniil Medvedev and Sascha Zverev.
The world no.6 has already qualified for the semifinal and he will face Rafael Nadal that needs to win in order to get to the final 4. As often happens during the Finals, there is an awkward situation as being the no.1 in Stefanos’ group means facing an in-form Roger Federer in the semifinal instead of clashing against Dominic Thiem that has been struggling with a cold. If Stefanos loses to Nadal and Medvedev beats Zverev, the Greek will be no.2 in his group to face Thiem in the semifinal.
I’ll give my soul. TSITSIPAS
Even if in a way it would be better for Stefanos to lose hoping that Medvedev will beat Zverev, the Greek has a winning spirit, and he will try to do everything he can to beat Nadal even if that means facing the Swiss Maestro in the final 4.
The Greek commented:
“It’s really good to know that I’ll be playing in the semifinals, but I’ve got to concentrate, keep going the way I have been doing things the last couple of days. My last encounter in groups against Rafael Nadal, which I am aware of that he’s a difficult opponent to face.
I’m sure this match is going to mean a lot to him for a chance for him to make it to the semifinals, as well.
So I’m going to give it my all. I’m going to try to give my soul, and I think it’s also a very good challenge for me in order to prepare for more difficult matches in the semifinals and the finals potentially, so this match is going to give me a lot.”
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Tsitsipas in London, ranking, and results in 2019
Stefanos conquered 2 titles in 2019 in Marseille and in Estoril. The Greek was the finalist in Dubai, in Madrid and in Beijing.
Nadal in London, ranking, and results in 2019
At the moment ranked no.1, Rafael has a 51-7 win-loss record in 2019. Nadal is currently competing in London where he ousted Daniil Medvedev 6-73 6-3 7-64.
Rafael clinched 4 titles in 2019 in Rome, at the French Open, in Montreal and at the U.S. Open. The Spaniard was the finalist at the Australian Open.
Nadal won 84 titles in his career: 20 on hard courts, 59 on clay courts, 1 on indoor courts and 4 on grass courts. (See the list of his titles)
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal played each other 5 times. The head to head is 4-1 for Nadal.
The last time that they locked horns, Rafael Nadal won 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in Rome on the 18th May 2019.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal
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