The stakes could not have been clearer going into the encounter, with the winner advancing straight to the knockout levels, after each males had misplaced towards Dominic Thiem and crushed Andrey Rublev of their earlier spherical robin matches.
Nadal, who has by no means received the season-ending match, was simply too sturdy for his 22-year-old opponent, who was bidding to defend final 12 months’s crown.
It appeared as if the Spaniard was on his technique to a cushty straight units victory, however Tsitsipas deserves credit score for taking the match the space.
“It is at all times troublesome to play right here towards the very best gamers on the planet on a regular basis, on the finish of the season once you get right here you are slightly bit drained,” Nadal mentioned after the match. “I’m simply excited to be within the semifinals and I hope to be able to attempt my finest.”
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Nadal eyes first title
A single break of serve was sufficient for the Spaniard to take the opening set, and he maintained the strain at the beginning of the second.
However simply when it appeared just like the 34-year-old was cruising to victory, his Greek opponent upped his sport out of nowhere to interrupt Nadal’s serve and drive a deciding set.
The excessive degree of tennis on show appeared to drop off within the third set, which began with three consecutive service breaks.
It gave the 20-time grand slam champion an unassailable benefit, and he broke serve as soon as extra on his technique to victory.
“I believe I performed fairly effectively for such a very long time. That sport at 5-Four within the second set affected me slightly bit,” Nadal mentioned.
“I used to be successful my serves fairly comfortably till that second, after that all the things modified slightly bit and I began to serve worse,” Nadal mentioned. “Typically phrases, it was a constructive match for me. To achieve the semifinals within the final match of the 12 months is a vital factor.”
Nadal has by no means received the ATP Finals however is now simply two wins away from claiming the prize. Nevertheless, he faces a troublesome match towards Daniil Medvedev within the semifinals.
The Russian is in spectacular type on the match, beating world No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight units on Wednesday.
Djokovic performs Alexander Zverev on Friday, with the winner going through Thiem within the different semifinal.
The ATP Finals is being performed on the O2 Area in London for the final time earlier than it strikes to Turin in 2021.
Nevertheless, there will not be an opportunity for followers to say farewell to the stage that is hosted the match since 2009, with matches being performed behind closed doorways as a result of pandemic.