Rafa Nadal reaches 13-year low with ATP Finals loss as Fritz exacts revenge
Taylor Fritz got his revenge on Rafael Nadal when he defeated the top seed at the ATP Finals 7-6(3) 6-1 on his debut. It comes after the American suffered a heartbreak in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, falling in five sets. It was the first time in 13 years that Nadal suffered three straight losses and also dented his hopes of securing the year-end No 1 ranking, with the Spaniard in a three-man race for the top spot with Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas. .
Nadal and Fritz entered the court for their third meeting of the season after splitting their first two matches. It was a Turin debut for both men, as the top seed missed the tournament’s inaugural year at the ATP Finals while the American was playing the event for the first time.
The top seed was the first man forced to fend off a break point in the third game of the match and saved two more for a 4-3 lead, but was unable to threaten Fritz’s serve for the entire opening set as it was led to a tiebreaker. . Nadal started with a tiebreaker to give the world number 9 an immediate lead and continued to spray errors, losing the set 7-6(3) after 58 minutes.
The debutant outscored Nadal in the first set, hitting 15 winners to 10 unforced errors, while the 22-time Grand Slam champion hit a 11:12 ratio. And Fritz continued to pressure Nadal as he held on to open the second set. , holding his position. nose in front of the number 2 in the world.
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