Felix Auger-Aliassime left Rafa Nadal’s title hopes on the ATP Finals in tatters as he beat the struggling Spaniard 6-3, 6-4 in round-robin motion at Turin’s Pala Alpitour Stadium on Tuesday.
Nadal must win the year-end title for the primary time in his illustrious profession to have an opportunity of ending the season as world primary, however he light badly after an encouraging begin.
The 35-year-old was overwhelmed by American Taylor Fritz in his opener on Sunday and is backside of the group with one match remaining in opposition to Norway’s Casper Ruud.
Nadal, the document 22-times Grand Slam champion, has now misplaced 4 successive ATP Tour matches for the primary time since 2009.
Auger-Aliassime, now coached by Nadal’s uncle and long-time mentor Toni who sat in his field, will face Fritz in his closing group match with an opportunity of creating the final 4.
Nadal held the higher hand at instances within the first set and twice threatened to interrupt the serve of his Canadian opponent who was overwhelmed by Ruud on his event debut on Sunday.
Serving at 3-4 Nadal led 40-0 however a few double faults and baseline errors allowed Auger-Aliassime to interrupt.
Auger-Aliassime, who has gained 4 titles this season, sealed the primary set with a stable maintain and moved a break forward early within the second.
Nadal confirmed flashes of brilliance however may make no impression as he slumped to a defeat.
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Publish date: 2022-11-15 21:44:49
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