ATP World Tour Finals: Rafael Nadal all but knocked out after loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime
Rafael Nadal is on the verge of elimination from the ATP World Tour Finals after his straight-sets loss to Felix Auger-Aliassime. Nadal will have to depend on the result of the Thomas Fritz-Casper Ruud match to stay alive in the competition.
Nadal’s chances of staying alive in the competition has been drastically reduced (Courtesy: Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: Rafael Nadal suffered his fourth straight loss on Tuesday to all but confirm his exit from the AT World Tour finals with a straight sets defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Auger-Aliassime downed the top-seeded Nadal with a score of 6-3, 6-4. This means that the Spaniard could be eliminated from the tournament depending on the other result in the Green Group match between Taylor Fritz and Casper Ruud. This means that Nadal will not be able to secure the World No.1 ranking.
Both men came into Tuesday’s contest looking for their first win in the ATP Finals after losing their opening matches on Sunday. It was a shaky start for Auger-Aliassime from the get-go, but somehow he managed to get through the game and failed to lose another point on his serve until 3-3. The 22-year-old put forward a strong display on Tuesday as he continued to dominate on the first serve points.
Nadal suddenly found himself in all sorts of trouble as he lost four straight points on his serve and Auger-Aliassime was able to close the first set in 53 minutes with a score of 6-3.
The Spaniard’s struggles continued in the second set as he produced eight unforced errors in the first three games to find himself trailing 1-2.
Nadal was forced to fend off a break point before earning his first one of the game to get back on level terms with the 22-year-old in the second set.
However, the former World No.1 failed to capitalise and Auger-Aliassime regained the lead and went ahead by 4-2. The 22-year-old continued to outplay Nadal and served out a 6-3,6-4 to dent the Spaniard’s chances of staying in the competition.
Nadal will now need Thomas Fritz to defeat Casper Ruud in straight sets in their encounter later on. Nadal will then need to defeat Ruud by straight sets to make it to the final four stages.
However, the former World No.1 will be eliminated if Ruud wins or Fritz wins in three sets.