On Thursday, Nadal defeated Tsitsipas 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in two hours and 5 minutes to make it to his sixth semi-final look at the occasion and continued his pursuit of a maiden title at the year-end championships. The Spaniard tallied a 2-1 document to declare second place in Group London 2020 behind Dominic Thiem.
He will subsequent play Daniil Medvedev in a rematch of the 2019 US Open last.
“(To) be within the semi-finals right here, within the final match of the 12 months, is a crucial factor,” Nadal stated in his on-court interview as per the official ATP Tour web site. “(I’m) glad for that and I’m trying ahead to the semi-finals towards Daniil (Medvedev).”
Last 12 months, Nadal had defeated Tsitsipas within the last round-robin match, however the lefty was nonetheless ousted from the match. This time, he solely wanted a win to transfer on, and regardless of a slip at the top of the second set, he emerged victorious to lengthen his head to head lead towards the Greek to 6-1.
“I nonetheless gained two matches like final 12 months,” Nadal stated. “Last 12 months, I used to be slightly bit unfortunate not to be within the semi-finals. The 12 months earlier than I had to pull out. It is all the time tough to play right here towards one of the best gamers on the planet each single day (at the) finish of the season. Most of the time, you get right here slightly bit drained, however this 12 months is slightly bit totally different…I’m simply excited to be within the semi-finals and I hope to be prepared to strive my greatest,” he added.