- Taylor Fritz (ATP 9) defeated Rafael Nadal (ATP 2) at the ATP Finals in Turin 7:6 (7:3), 6:1.
- The American impresses with his serve, Nadal sins with inaccuracies.
- In the second match of the green group, Casper Ruud (ATP 4) won over Félix Auger-Aliassim 7:6 (7:4), 6:4.
In a nearly 12-minute game of attrition in the 2nd set, server Rafael Nadal fought back as best he could, destroying one break point after another. But number 5 was too much: the Spaniard made a double fault and Taylor Fritz pulled to 5-1. The 1.96m giant used his first match point shortly afterwards to win 7:6 (7:3), 6:1.
Fritz was not impressed by the big name on the other side of the net in his debut at the ATP Finals. Above all, the American could once again rely on his always famous delivery. In addition, Nadal showed weaknesses on the return, especially in the 2nd round – and thus gave the opponent the 1st break at 1:3 with an avoidable error.
In the first set, the Spaniard managed to defend all 3 of Fritz’s break points. In the short decider, Fritz, who was 11 years his junior, made a small but subtle difference: he hit the lines, Nadal didn’t (ever).
Ruud is reporting
Last autumn did not go to Casper Ruud’s liking with several early defeats. But in Turin, the Norwegian struck back. In a hard-fought duel with Félix Auger-Aliassim, he remained the more consistent player in the decisive moments. The first match of the ATP Finals ended up being 7:6 (7:4), 6:4 in favor of Noro.
Auger-Aliassime decided on his own. Although he hit 14 aces for the whole match (compared to Ruud’s 5), he made two double faults on the only break of the game at 3:3. Ruud, a French and US Open finalist, did not play brilliantly. The Norwegian also benefited from Auger-Aliassime making a total of 26 unforced errors.