World number two Rafael Nadal has entered the semi- finals of the ongoing ATP Fi- nals after defeating defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas.
On Thursday, Nadal defeated Tsitsipas 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in two hours and five minutes to make it to his sixth semi-final appearance at the event and continued his pursuit of a maiden title at the year-end championships. The Spaniard tallied a 2-1 record to claim second place in Group London 2020 behind Dominic Thiem.
He will next play Daniil Medvedev in a rematch of the 2019 US Open final.
“(To) be in the semi-finals here, in the last tournament of the year, is an important thing,” Nadal said in his on-court interview as per the official ATP Tour website. “(I am) happy for that and I am looking forward to the semi-finals against Daniil (Medvedev).”
Last year, Nadal had defeated Tsitsipas in the final round- robin match, but the lefty was still ousted from the tourna- ment. This time, he only needed a win to move on, and despite a slip at the end of the second set, he emerged victorious to extend his head to head lead against the Greek to 6-1.