Nadal suffers fourth consecutive defeat: “I don’t know if I’ll be able to get back to my level”

Rafael Nadal also failed to win his second match at the ATP Finals in Turin. The first-seeded Spaniard lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime 6:3, 4:6 and was therefore eliminated.

It was his fourth consecutive defeat for Nadal, who has recently become a father and therefore hasn’t played for a while. The top three all went to an American: lost to Frances Tiafoe at the US Open, to Tommy Paul at the Masters in Paris, and to Taylor Fritz last Monday in Turin.

Nadal last lost four games in a row in 2009.

Press conference

Nadal, 36, said at a post-match press conference that he didn’t want to stop for now. “I didn’t really forget to play tennis. I don’t know if I will ever reach my level again, but I will really give my best.”

Nadal holds a record 22 Grand Slam titles, but the world’s number two Spaniard (Carlos Alcaraz is number one but missed the finals due to injury) has never won the ATP Finals.

Ruud semifinals cut

In his last match in the group, Nadal is facing Norwegian Casper Ruud, who advanced to the semi-finals with his second win. American Taylor Fritz lost 6:3, 4:6, 7:6 (6).

In the tiebreaks of the third set, Ruud took the lead 5:1, but Fritz returned to 5:4 and 6:6. Ruud, who has been training at Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca since he was little, got his third match point.

Although 36-year-old Nadal got four break points against Auger in the first set, he couldn’t convert any of them. His 22-year-old opponent had a chance to hit.

In the second set, Nadal continued to fight for every point. But Auger has recorded many more winners, especially with his backstroke. Backed by fifteen aces, the Canadian won the game in just under two hours.

Source: NOS