Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas - ATP Finals - Preview and Prediction
A blockbuster encounter awaits as world number one, Rafael Nadal takes on number six, Stefanos Tsitsipas tonight.
- Nadal has to win this match to reach the semifinals
- Tsitsipas has already booked his spot in the semifinals
- Nadal leads the head to head record, 4-1, against Tsitsipas
- Both Nadal and Tsitsipas beat Daniil Medvedev in the group stage
- Nadal has never won the ATP Finals in his career
- Interestingly, Medvedev also has to beat Alexander Zverev to ensure Nadal's place in the semis
It has been a mixed tournament for Rafa. He began with a below-par performance losing 6-2, 6-4 against defending champion, Zverev.
The Spaniard was on the verge of elimination in the next match against Medvedev. The first two sets were split. Trailing 1-5 (30-40) in the decider, he made a comeback for the ages, winning it 7-6 (4).
Tsitsipas has been making all the right moves this tournament. He has shown enormous consistency on hard-courts. Tsitsipas edged past Medvedev in the first match followed by a thorough demolition of Zverev in the next match.
Strengths of Nadal
Fighting spirit, solid defence and control of nerves have been his biggest plus points.
Strengths of Tsitsipas
Big-serve, versatility in game-play and attacking mindset have been his weapons
"I am going to give it my all, I am going to try to give my soul, and I think it is also a very good challenge for me in order to prepare for more difficult matches in the semi-finals and the finals", reflected Tsitsipas ahead of the clash.
"He is a great player, a lot of energy, very young and he is having an amazing season. So it will be a very tough one, I know I need to win that one, I hope to be ready for it, let’s try to make that happen", said Nadal, praising Tsitsipas
The clash of generations continue to mesmerize the fans and the juggernaut will continue.
Prediction - Rafael Nadal to win in three sets
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