Tsitsipas On Facing Nadal: ‘I’m Going To Try To Give My Soul’

Two years ago, Stefanos Tsitsipas was an alternate in the Next Gen ATP Finals field. Last season, the Greek star triumphed in Milan. And after beating defending champion Alexander Zverev in straight sets on Wednesday, Tsitsipas has guaranteed his spot in the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals.

The 21-year-old loves challenges. And although he has already booked a trip to the last four at The O2 in London, Tsitsipas will get a chance to eliminate World No. 1 Rafael Nadal from the competition on Friday. If the Spaniard falls, he will not have a chance to move into the semi-finals.

“I’m going to give it my all. I’m going to try to give my soul, and I think it’s also a very good challenge for me in order to prepare for more difficult matches in the semi-finals and the finals, potentially,” Tsitsipas said. “So this match is going to give me a lot. It’s going to educate me, and I’m going to try to get and absorb as much as I can from that.”

Tsitsipas lost the first seven sets of his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Nadal, but the Greek earned his first win against the lefty earlier this year in Madrid, triumphing in three sets. Nadal leads their series 4-1.

But the World No. 6 will take plenty of confidence into their matchup. Tsitsipas, in his Nitto ATP Finals debut, is the only player yet to lose a set. He was in devastating for against Zverev, losing only five games and saving the lone break point he faced.

“I believe I had a good performance today, which is very satisfying to know, that [there were] no signs of any nerves [and that I was] feeling pretty good on the court,” Tsitsipas said. “It was a good performance. It’s really good to know that I’ll be playing in the semi-finals, but I’ve got to concentrate, keep going the way I have been doing things the past couple of days.”

Tsitsipas has not shied away from clashes with the best players in the world. With his victory against the German, Tsitsipas is now 7-8 this year against Top 10 opposition.

“I always find an extra motivation, an extra reason to play well against the top guys. I consider Sascha also being of this part of this elite group,” Tsitsipas said. “He has done very well over the years. He has, in a way, inspired me to step it up and be part of the Top 10. So in a way I actually owe him a lot. He plays good tennis. Also playing Rafa, Roger, Novak, Andy — I haven’t played Andy, but I think there is plenty to learn from them.

“You have been watching them on TV. You have always wanted to be part of that. So for you, when you step out on the court… it’s a visual. When you see something that you have been dreaming of, I think there is always a spark, kind of an extra reason to play.”

The Zverev win was not the only big one for Tsitsipas, though. The three-time ATP Tour champion arrived in London having not beaten Daniil Medvedev in five tries. But he defeated the Russian for the first time on Monday to get his week started on a high note.

“It’s very fulfilling and satisfying. It’s a big relief when you go through so much pressure and so much will and trying to put yourself into a nirvanic concentration mode. It’s not as easy as people think it is,” Tsitsipas said. “It’s something that fulfills you when you are able to beat players like this and give your best, give your all. These wins mean more than others, and it’s a good thing to have in your portfolio.”

Tsitsipas wouldn’t mind adding a win against Nadal to his Nitto ATP Finals resume either.

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Bryan Brothers To Retire After 2020 Season

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan announced today their decision to retire from professional tennis in 2020. The 41-year-old American twins will bid farewell following the US Open, scene of their major championship debut in 1995, marking the culmination of a legendary doubles partnership.

As the most accomplished team in doubles history, the Bryan brothers have captured an Open Era record 118 trophies in 25-season careers, including all four Grand Slams, all nine ATP Masters 1000s, Nitto ATP Finals (four titles) and Olympic gold medal. They also own the all-time team record for Grand Slam titles (16) and ATP Masters 1000 crowns (39). From 2005 to 2017, the Bryans were presented the ATP Tour Fans’ Favourite Team award each year.

“Mike and I chose to finish our 2019 season after the US Open, even knowing there was a strong chance we’d qualify for the [Nitto] ATP Finals,” said Bob Bryan. “After much discussion, we decided that it would be best to rest our minds and strengthen our bodies in preparation for 2020 which will be our final season on the ATP Tour.”

“For the last 21 years, we have been so grateful for the opportunity to live out our dreams of playing professional tennis. It has truly been a magical ride. However, we want to end this great ride while we’re healthy and we can still compete for titles.”

Mike Bryan said: “We are currently extremely motivated and excited going into our last season. We will enjoy and appreciate each moment we have while saying our goodbyes and giving thanks to the fans who have given us so much joy.”

The Bryans have been the standard bearers for doubles for more than 16 years, since they first ascended to No. 1 in the ATP Doubles Rankings on 8 September 2003. They spent 438 total weeks and ended 10 seasons as the No. 1 team [2003, 2005-07, 2009-2014]. Mike, who became the oldest doubles No. 1 at age 40 on 16 July 2018, has spent the most weeks at the summit of the team game (506).

Bringing their own energy and charisma to the court, they have endeared themselves to the public throughout the world, appearing in 177 tour-level finals and lifting tour-level trophies in 34 different cities. They also helped the United States win the Davis Cup in 2007 and at the 2012 London Olympics won the gold medal, adding to their 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal.

Bob underwent right hip surgery in August 2018, but the Bryan brothers reunited at the start of the 2019 season. This year they won two ATP Tour titles at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (d. Skupski/Skupski) in February and their sixth Miami Open presented by Itau (d. Koolholf/Tsitsipas) in March. After a runner-up finish at the BB&T Atlanta Open, they also claimed their 1,100th team win at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal and currently own a 1,102-358 team record overall.

Additionally, the Bryan Brothers Foundation has raised over USD$1.2 million to support children’s charities. Bob and Mike host two annual fundraisers in their hometown of Camarillo, California and West Palm Beach, Florida, where they partner with golf legend Jack Nicklaus to raise funds to positively impact the lives of children around the country.

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24-Country Field Set For Inaugural 2020 ATP Cup

The field is set for the inaugural ATP Cup, to be held from 3-12 January 2020 in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. The final six countries — Bulgaria, Chile, Poland, Uruguay, Moldova and Norway — have qualified in the ATP Cup Standings to complete the 24-team field.

Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria), Cristian Garin (Chile), Hubert Hurkacz (Poland), Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay), Radu Albot (Moldova) and Casper Ruud (Norway) will lead their countries in the spectacular event that launches the 2020 ATP Tour season. The ATP Cup will feature nine members of the Top 10 in the ATP Rankings — including Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Spain’s Rafael Nadal — and 26 of the Top 30 committed to play.

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As the highest qualified country at the second entry deadline, Bulgaria replaced Switzerland and joined Belgium and Great Britain in Group C in Sydney. The remaining five countries were drawn into their groups/cities in a live ceremony on 14 November. (Watch a replay of the draw on the ATP Cup’s Facebook page.)

Chile (Group A, Brisbane), Uruguay (Group B, Perth), Moldova (Group C, Sydney),  Norway (Group D, Perth), Poland (Group E, Sydney).

The group stages of the AU $22 million/US $15 million ATP Cup will be hosted in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney over six days. Eight countries will then compete at the Final Eight in Sydney that will feature quarter-finals over two days, semi-finals and a final. Each tie will comprise of two singles and one doubles match.

COUNTRIES & TOP 2 PLAYERS COMMITTED TO 2020 ATP CUP

No.
Country
No. 1 Player No. 2 Player
1.
Serbia
Novak Djokovic Dusan Lajovic
2.
Spain
Rafael Nadal Roberto Bautista Agut
3.
Russia
Daniil Medvedev Karen Khachanov
4.
Austria
Dominic Thiem Dennis Novak
5.
Germany
Alexander Zverev Jan-Lennard Struff
6.
Greece
Stefanos Tsitsipas Michail Pervolarakis
7.
Japan
Kei Nishikori Yoshihito Nishioka
8.
Italy
Matteo Berrettini Fabio Fognini
9.
France
Gael Monfils Lucas Pouille
10.
Belgium
David Goffin Steve Darcis
11.
Croatia
Borna Coric Marin Cilic
12.
Argentina
Diego Schwartzman Guido Pella
13.
Georgia
Nikoloz Basilashvili Aleksandre Metreveli
14.
South Africa
Kevin Anderson Lloyd Harris
15.
United States
John Isner Taylor Fritz
16.
Canada
Denis Shapovalov Felix Auger-Aliassime
17.
Great Britain
Andy Murray Daniel Evans
18.
Australia
Alex de Minaur Nick Kyrgios
19.
Bulgaria
Grigor Dimitrov Dimitar Kuzmanov
20.
Chile
Cristian Garin Nicolas Jarry
21.
Poland
Hubert Hurkacz Kamil Majchrzak
22.
Uruguay
Pablo Cuevas Martin Cuevas
23.
Moldova
Radu Albot Alexander Cozbinov
24.
Norway
Casper Ruud Viktor Durasovic
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Tsitsipas Beats Zverev, Books SF Spot

The youngest player at the Nitto ATP Finals is playing as if he’s the most experienced.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, 21, booked his trip to the semi-finals on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-2 win against defending champion Alexander Zverev. Tsitsipas, who beat fourth seed Daniil Medvedev on Monday, improved to 2-0 in London and has yet to drop a set in his Nitto ATP Finals debut.

“It’s really good to know that I’ll be playing in the semi-finals, but I’ve got to concentrate, keep going the way I have been doing things the last couple of days,” Tsitsipas said.

The 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals champion strolled to his fourth win in five tries in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Zverev, keeping the German off-balance from the baseline and breaking three times in their Group Andre Agassi matchup.

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Tsitsipas particularly pounced on the German’s second serve, which had been a problem spot for Zverev earlier in the season. The German won only 28 per cent (5/18) of those points.

“I always find an extra motivation, an extra reason to play well against the top guys. I consider Sascha also being of this part of this elite group,” Tsitsipas said.

Zverev, serving down 15/40, 3-4 in the first set, opted to serve and volley off a second serve, and Tsitsipas countered with a low return that Zverev miffed.

The Greek then broke in the opening game and the fifth game of the second set. Zverev struggled to bring the same level that helped him beat Rafael Nadal on Monday night and become the first player to beat the Big Three of Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the Nitto ATP Finals.

“He played a fantastic match, I thought. I played really bad,” Zverev said. “At this level, this is how it goes when somebody plays great and you don’t play your best. It can go this way, especially against him who I think this surface, these conditions fit him quite well.”

Tsitsipas will next meet Nadal for a chance to go 3-0 while Zverev will face Medvedev in a match that will have semi-final implications.

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Match Analysis: Why Variety Proved Key For Nadal Against Medvedev

Rafael Nadal pulled off one of the most memorable comebacks of the season on Wednesday at the Nitto ATP Finals, rallying from 1-5 down in the deciding set against Daniil Medvedev to triumph 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-6(4).

Perhaps what was a surprising service tactic paid dividends for the Spaniard. One may have expected Nadal to go to his trusty lefty slider out wide in the ad court. But Nadal used great variety with his first serve on that side, winning all six points in which he went to the body with his first delivery according to Infosys’ Second Screen. 

Nadal struck 17 fewer aces than Medvedev, who hit 21 in the match, but the World No. 1 held his own behind his first serve, winning 72 per cent of his first-serve points compared to 75 per cent for the Russian.

Infosys Analysis: Nadal First-Serve Placement vs. MedvedevMedvedev First-Serve Placement

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Medvedev interestingly targeted Nadal’s forehand with his first serve on the ad side, and he did not hit one first serve to the lefty’s body. Not only did Medvedev hit five of his 21 aces out wide in the ad court, but he won 14 of his 17 first-serve points when going in that direction.

Infosys Analysis: Medvedev First-Serve Placement vs. NadalNadal First-Serve Placement

A key end-point of the rallies was the fourth shot. Nadal won 10 more points than his 23-year-old opponent in rallies that ended on the fourth ball. That discrepancy comes from Medvedev’s mistakes, as the Russian made 10 unforced errors on the fourth shot of rallies.

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According to Hawkeye, Medvedev played from inside the baseline more than Nadal, hitting 28 per cent of his shots from inside the court. 

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Nadal hit just 18 per cent of his shots from inside the baseline. But according to Infosys Stats+, the Spaniard made the balls he struck inside the court count. Nadal came into the net more often than Medvedev (33-23) and earned a higher success rate when he got there (70% to 48%).

The top seed also tried to change the pace of rallies, slicing nearly three times as often as Medvedev. Nadal used his slice 23 per cent of the time compared to nine percent for the Russian.

Nadal Contact Point vs. MedvedevNadal Contact Point

One way that Medvedev kept Nadal behind the baseline as much as he could was by going down the line with his backhand. The World No. 4 struck 52 per cent of his backhands down the line compared to just 36 per cent for Nadal. With that pattern, Nadal had to hit 86 per cent of his own backhands from behind the baseline, as he was forced to reply to Medvedev’s aggressive play.

Medvedev Backhand Placement vs. NadalMedvedev Backhand Placement

Nadal Backhand Placement vs. MedvedevNadal Backhand Placement

Nadal will hope his game plan pays off in his third round-robin match against Stefanos Tsitsipas, as he continues his pursuit of a semi-final berth at The O2 in London.

– Hawkeye data and visuals courtesy of ATP Media.

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Mahut/Herbert Book Semi-final Spot In London

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut clinched their place in the final four at the Nitto ATP Finals on Wednesday, beating Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 7-5, 7-6(3).

“We didn’t know before the match [that we needed to win in straight sets to qualify tonight]. We just wanted to come on court and win this match,” said Mahut. “I knew we had to play [at a] really high level and I think it is what we did today. We had a great start and they came back really strong… We are really happy with the win.”

The French pairing extended their winning streak to six matches after one hour and 33 minutes, winning 75 per cent of first-serve points (40/53) and saving three of five break points. Herbert and Mahut have not dropped a set since arriving at the Rolex Paris Masters.

“They played really well. A high-level match. They put a lot of returns in and played really well. I am happy that we stayed together, even in the tough moments,” said Herbert. “We were a break down in the second. I got broken twice in a row, I stayed in it and we managed to win this second set. That is what I am most proud of.”

Strong backhand returns from Mahut earned the 2018 finalists an early break on their way to a 5-2 lead in the first set. But Krawietz and Mies responded well, as Mies fired multiple returns at the laces of Herbert to save set point and level the score at 5-5. The Frenchmen managed to snap Krawietz and Mies’ momentum with a love service hold before lobbing their opponents to take the opener after 41 minutes.

With Krawietz and Mies both firing forehand winners in the opening game of the second set, Herbert committed two double faults to drop serve. Mahut and Herbert found their way back into the set with a break at 4-3, before claiming victory in the tie-break. Herbert captured three mini-breaks with aggressive returning in the tie-break to improve his record with Mahut this year to 16-5.

Krawietz and Mies drop to 1-1 in Group Max Mirnyi, where they will face Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in their final round-robin match. Krawietz/Mies, Cabal/Farah and Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau can all still qualify for Saturday’s semi-finals.

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Thursday Preview | Djokovic & Federer Set For Epic: Win & They’re In!

Two legends. One match. Win and you’re into the semi-finals.

Does it get more tantalising than the battle to come between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on Thursday at the Nitto ATP Finals?

Two of tennis’ all-time greats will compete against each other for the 49th time in their epic FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry, with the winner advancing from Group Bjorn Borg and into the last four at the season finale. With Rafael Nadal’s win on Wednesday, Djokovic must now win his record-tying sixth Nitto ATP Finals title to give himself a chance of seizing the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking for the sixth time in his career. Six-time champion Federer has made the semi-finals in 15 of his previous 16 appearances at this tournament.

Djokovic will have to wipe his mind clean after suffering a gut-wrenching three-set defeat on Tuesday against big-hitting Dominic Thiem. The Serbian came from a break down on two occasions in the deciding set. Then he took a 4/1 lead in the ensuing tie-break before succumbing to the Austrian star.

“I’m still in the tournament,” Djokovic said. “We go head to head with Roger. Winner goes to semis. Loser doesn’t qualify. As simple as that.”

Most Wins In Tournament History

 1. Roger Federer  58
 2. Ivan Lendl  39
 T3. Boris Becker  36
 T3. Novak Djokovic  36
 5. Pete Sampras  35

Djokovic takes a 26-22 lead in their rivalry into this battle, including five consecutive wins and victories in nine of their past 11 matches. The 32-year-old has won three of their five clashes at the Nitto ATP Finals, with their most recent contest at this event coming in the 2015 championship match, won by Djokovic.

“I’m excited playing against him,” Federer said. “I think I need to focus on my game, what I do best. And regardless of what I need to do, I just hope I play well.”

Federer also lost to Thiem this week, but the Swiss star recovered well against first-time qualifier Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday to improve his record at the Nitto ATP Finals to 58-16. The last and only time he lost two round-robin matches in this tournament came in 2008.

Both competitors played tremendously well in their most recent meeting in the Wimbledon final. Federer held two championship points in that battle before Djokovic rallied to win in a fifth-set tie-break, which was held at 12-12. Federer says that he won’t let the cobwebs of that match remain as they stand across the net from one another once again.

“I think it’s all flushed away from my side. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then,” Federer said. “I wasn’t hoping [for] him not to be in my section or in my draw. I didn’t hope I was never going to play him again.
Actually, it’s good for me to play him again, and maybe that all helps to get a chance to get him back or whatever it is. But at the end of the day, I’m here for the [Nitto ATP] Finals and not because of the Wimbledon finals.”

Thiem Berrettini

In Thursday’s first singles match, Dominic Thiem looks to enter the semi-finals with a perfect record at The O2 this year. After defeating Federer and Djokovic in back-to-back matches, he will pursue his third victory of the week against Berrettini.

In his first three Nitto ATP Finals appearances, Thiem won one match apiece and never made it through the group stage. The Austrian can double the win total he arrived with by defeating Berrettini, who is searching for his first triumph at the season finale.

“I’m super happy and proud that I reached the semi-finals for the first time. It was a big goal, but of course it’s not enough now. I’ll try to play a good match against Matteo on Thursday,” Thiem said. “It’s a little bit more comfortable now that I don’t have a lot of pressure in this match, but of course I want to continue the great shape and then [turn my] full focus on the semi-finals.”

Berrettini is unable to qualify for the last four in London regardless of Thursday’s results. But the Italian knows that considering he began the season outside the Top 50 in the ATP Rankings, this is still a tremendous opportunity to compete against one of the best players in the world, especially having already played Djokovic and Federer.

“I’m playing against the best guys on the planet and maybe the best guys ever. So I’m proud of what I’m doing. I’m proud how I’m facing these kinds of situations. I think that I played a good match also against Novak even if the score was not that good. But for sure, I’m learning,” Berrettini said. “These kinds of losses, they will help me in the future to get better. When I stepped in the locker and my coaches were there, I said, ‘Guys, I want to be better. I want to be able to beat those guys.’”

Berrettini will have a chance to even the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head series at 2-2. They have split two meetings in the past two months, with Berrettini winning in straight sets at the Rolex Shanghai Masters before Thiem thrilled his home crowd with a comeback three-set victory at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. 

“It was full from the first point on. Such a loud atmosphere as well. It was perfect to play in and the match was on a very high level from the first to the last point,” Thiem said in Vienna. “With all the support and home advantage, I was able to pull through.”

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Djokovic and Federer’s 48 matches are second behind only Djokovic and Nadal’s record 54-match FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

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Nadal: ‘In That Moment, You Think In Five Minutes You’ll Be In The Locker Room’

Rafael Nadal is one of the greatest battlers in all of sports. Every point, every game, every set, you know the Spaniard’s fighting spirit will remain intact, regardless of the deficit he faces. The lefty proved that again on Wednesday at the Nitto ATP Finals, saving a match point at 1-5 in the third set against Daniil Medvedev before pulling off a stunning rally to defeat the two-time ATP Masters 1000 champion in a final-set tie-break.

But however unthinkable the comeback was, Nadal admitted that he had thoughts that anybody else would have when facing such a dire situation against one of the world’s best players.

“In that moment, what you think is probably in five minutes you are [going to be] in the locker room, because that’s the more normal thing,” Nadal said. “In that moment, you play with not much pressure because you are almost lost.”

Nadal held a double-break lead in the fifth set of the US Open final before Medvedev nearly pulled off a stunner, earning a break point to get back on serve in that thriller. So Nadal knew that even as he began his comeback, he was facing an opponent who would battle until the end.

“Daniil is super tough mentally. He showed everybody during all this year what he achieved. If you are not able to be very solid mentally, it’s impossible, honestly,” Nadal said. “Today is one of these days that one time of 1,000 you lose this match, and it happened today. Very happy for that. Very sorry for him, honestly, because losing a match like this is tough, and it’s painful. I feel very sorry for Daniil. He’s a good guy, I think, and anyway, he should be very proud about all the things that he’s doing.”

Nadal, who began the set with a slew of unforced errors, calmly shook his head a few times in disappointment. But Nadal believes that fans watching from around the world should not look at the high of how he completed his comeback, but how he carried himself while on the brink of defeat.

“Examples are not for one day. Examples are every day. And in my opinion, the example is not the comeback, because the comeback… of course you need to be there and you need to keep fighting, but the example, in my opinion, is not breaking a racquet when you are 1-5 in the third or not be out of your self-control when the things are not going the right way,” Nadal said. “[It’s about] just staying positive, staying on court, accepting that the opponent is playing a little bit better than you and accepting that you are not that good. That’s the only example. Because sometimes the frustration comes when you believe and you consider yourself too good and you don’t accept the mistakes that you are doing.

“[It is something that has] not happened to me very often, and I know I can have mistakes and I normally accept it… That’s the only example that I can try to tell the guys. Don’t consider themselves too good. Accept the mistakes, because everybody has mistakes and you need to keep going after the mistakes. That’s the only way.”

This was not just a big comeback in scale for Nadal, but an important one as well. Falling to 0-2 in round-robin play at these Nitto ATP Finals would have put the Spaniard’s hopes of advancing to the semi-finals in jeopardy, and also hurt him in the battle for year-end No. 1 with Novak Djokovic.

Nadal was broken just twice in 16 service games against the Russian. That is a good sign for the World No. 1, who withdrew ahead of his Rolex Paris Masters semi-final two weeks ago due to an abdominal injury. After two hours and 46 minutes of gut-wrenching action against Medvedev, Nadal said he was feeling “fine”.

“Today the serve worked well again. I think that the beginning of the third I was two breaks down, but I didn’t play that bad. Just couple of points there, and he played well and I made a couple of mistakes,” Nadal said. “That’s it. No, no, the serve I’m happy with.”

Most of all, Nadal was pleased with how he improved his level after losing in straight sets against defending champion Alexander Zverev in his first match of the tournament. The way he pulled off the victory was just an added bonus.

“I have been better than the other day, of course. I have been playing a better level of tennis than the first day in general terms. Then winning this match is a combination of a lot of things: [being] lucky, some mistakes of Daniil, some good moments of myself at the end,” Nadal said. “Knowing that I was not able to practise the way that I would like before the tournament, be able to increase the level since two days ago to today like this is a very positive thing and I’m very happy with this. Winning or losing is another story.”

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Watch Live Stream: Sinner Back In Action On Wednesday

Watch free live stream of Jannik Sinner’s opening match in Ortisei, from 8pm CET/2pm EST…

Three days ago, he lifted the trophy at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. On Wednesday, Jannik Sinner is back in action, kicking off his final tournament of the season on home soil in snowy Ortisei.

The 18-year-old Italian is set to compete at the ATP Challenger Tour event in northern Italy, located less than two hours from his hometown of San Candido. This is the 10th edition of the Sparkasse Challenger Val Gardena. Last year, Ugo Humbert lifted the trophy and Sinner is looking to follow in his fellow #NextGenATP’s footsteps.

The teenager opens against Austria’s Lucas Miedler in a sold-out night session. They have met twice already this year, with the Italian prevailing in straight sets in both Bergamo and Orleans.

Sinner has taken the Challenger circuit by storm this year, en route to his Milan breakthrough. In February, he became Italy’s youngest winner ever with his maiden title in Bergamo and joined elite company with a second crown in Lexington over the summer. The biggest mover to the Top 100 this year, he has soared more than 600 spots to a career-high No. 96 in the ATP Rankings.

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