Defeated Nadal defeated
Fritz creates a coup at the start of the ATP Finals
For Rafael Nadal, it is a defeat in the first match of this year’s ATP Finals. The Spaniard loses in two sets against successor Taylor Fritz (ATP 9).
Taylor Fritz prepared a big surprise at the ATP Finals.
Once the audience really freaks out in the first act. Rafael Nadal (ATP 2) just performed a miracle shot. When the score is 6:5, it goes online. Fritz plays him but the Spaniard works his magic with a backhand smash on the run back.
It should remain Nadal’s only peak. The Spaniard surprisingly struggles a lot in basic duels against Fritz, who is eleven years younger. In those, he is even inferior and often pulls the straw, makes mistakes that are not visible on him. After all, he can rely on his serve, which saves him in the tie-break.
Nadal fights but has no chance
But the serve is also Fritz’s “miracle weapon” and he also shines with his forehand. At 2:1 for Fritz on points. Unsurprisingly, the American ultimately wins the first set in a tie-break (7:3).
Even in the second round, the 25-year-old player has a break every time Nadal serves. He does it twice and sacks the second sentence in a sovereign way.
Fritz, who is only allowed to participate in the ATP Finals in Turin due to an injury to Carlos Alcaraz, is enjoying the tournament at its best. He can play against Casper Ruud on Tuesday. It’s already a big letdown for Rafael Nadal, he’s already under pressure against Auger-Aliassi (also on Tuesday). (few)