ATP Finals bitter for Nadal, eliminated from the tournament and Alcaraz ends the year in 1st place in the ranking

Nadal’s early farewell at the ATP Finals in Turin by the youngest of the tournament, 22-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. 6-3, 6-4 the final result: “I knew I could do well and win”

Edited by Alessio Pediglieri

ATP Finals indigestible to Rafael Nadal who, after the knockout suffered by Fritz in his debut, also loses to the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, to his first career victory in the ATP Finals. The Canadian wins in two sets, 6-3, 6-4 and forces Nadal to be eliminated with one round to go in a tournament he has never managed to win in his career and the possibility of undermining Alcaraz in the ATP ranking disappears, where he remains in 1st place in the ranking.

The youngest of the ATP Finals thus taught a lesson to the Mallorcan champion who prematurely welcomes the adventure in a tournament that risks remaining the bete noire of his immense career: in less than two hours of play, the 22-year-old Canadian returns to run to continue his journey and partially remedy the initial defeat against Ruud. Nadal concedes midway through the first set, after a more than even start between the two: a sudden but decisive fall at 3-4 when with two double faults after a perfect serve that launched him at 40-0, he leaves the field and the game goes to Auger-Aliassime, who salutes and thanks.

Taken home the first set by 6 to 3, the Canadian was not distracted and fit in the second set by managing to break Nadal again in the third game, protecting himself from any surprises, taking advantage of the first opportunity, the first break, which will lead to the decisive 6-4 for the final victory🇧🇷 That was enough for Auger-Aliassime to play the next and last group match, against Fritz, for the possibility of continuing in the ATP Finals. While Nadal sadly retires, bringing the last consecutive lost ATP matches to 4 (haven’t happened since far away 2009).

🇧🇷It’s the first time I’ve beaten Rafa and having done it here at the Nitto ATP Finals makes everything special.” so declared an enthusiastic Auger-Aliassime. “It was a victory that gave me a lot of confidence and when the game started I had the feeling that I could play well and win. I knew I would have better chances here than in Paris or Rome. The fact that Rafa is not having fun” ended the Canadian “definitely helped me but until the end I didn’t know how it could end🇧🇷 When you play a champion of his level, you can’t be sure🇧🇷

Source: Fan Page IT