- At the ATP finals in Turin, Casper Ruud (ATP 4) advances early to the semi-finals 6:3, 4:6, 7:6 (8:6) over Taylor Fritz (ATP 9).
- After the Norwegian won his first set, Rafael Nadal was out.
- On Tuesday afternoon, Félix Auger-Aliassime won over the Spaniard in straight sets 6:3, 6:4, setting the stage for his early elimination.
For Rafael Nadal, the last hopes disappeared after only 31 minutes of play in the evening match between Casper Ruud (ATP 4) and Taylor Fritz (ATP 9). Then the Norwegian took advantage of his second set point and went ahead in the duel with the American. Thirty-six-year-old Nadal can no longer advance to second place in the final match in the group.
On the other hand, Ruud was able to celebrate an early semi-final qualification at the end of the evening, even if he had to take a detour against Fritz. After winning the first round, the world number four suddenly couldn’t rely on his own serve and thus provided the starting help for Fritz’s comeback. He saved the break on a set ball and made it 1:1.
In the third round, there were no further breakthroughs in service, so a tie-break had to be decided. Here, the Scandinavian got the upper hand and after 2:11 hours sealed his progress 6:3, 4:6, 7:6 (8:6).
Nadal misses a return to the tennis throne
Nadal got off to a good start in the afternoon against Félix Auger-Aliassim, but failed to capitalize on any of his four break chances in the first set. The powerful Canadian, who managed a submission break in both rounds, was completely different. After almost two hours, the Swiss Indoors winner completed the victory to perfection and kept his chance of progressing. In the second set, Auger-Aliassime hit an impressive 83 percent of her first serves.
Nadal’s early departure brings relief to another Spaniard: Carlos Alcaraz. The 19-year-old player, who is missing in Piedmont due to an abdominal muscle injury, will finish the year as the number one. The US Open winner is the youngest world number one at the end of the year; replaces Australian Lleyton Hewitt. Nadal could prevent this record only with his first triumph at the year-end tournament.