No chance against Auger-Aliassime either
Nadal is faltering towards the end of the season
Even in the second match of the ATP Finals, Rafael Nadal is not up to speed. The tournament is as good as the end for the Spaniard.
Rafael Nadal also went down in his second match at the ATP Finals in Turin.
Rafael Nadal is set to leave the ATP Finals in Turin. The top-seeded Spaniard also lost his second match in the group without winning a set against Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassim 3:6, 4:6.
Mathematically, it is still possible for Nadal to reach the semi-finals with a straight set win in the final group match against Norway’s Casper Ruud. However, all the other excellent games in the green group would have to be in his favor.
Also, the chance to become world number one has probably disappeared
With another emphatic defeat against Swiss Indoors champion Auger-Aliassi, who qualified for the season’s top-eight finals for the first time, Nadal’s chances of ending the year as No.1 are also dwindling. In order for the 22-time Grand Slam winner to displace his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, who is absent in Italy due to injury, from the top of the world rankings, he would have to win the Masters for the first time in his eleventh appearance.
On Tuesday night from 21:00, Ruud and American Taylor Fritz face off against two players who have been successful in their opening matches in the green group. (SDA)