Rafael Nadal He has started his tenth ATP Finals with solvency and an ideal result to cement the work he hopes will lead him to the semifinals. The world number two, 34 years old, has imposed strength and experience to crush a runaway Andrey Rublev, which paid for the hazing.
The victory is valuable, by itself and because winning in two sets in the Masters Cup means an extra that can be relevant in the event of a tiebreaker. He beat the leader of matches (40) and titles (5) won by 6-3 and 6-4 in 1h.17 ‘.
Nadal takes charge of the London 2020 Group. On Tuesday the 17th he will face the Austrian Dominic Thiem, who avenged the defeat in the 2019 final by defeating the Greek champion Stefanos Tsitsipas by 7-6 (5), 4-6 and 6-3.
The shooting of the four games on the hard-court indoor in Paris helped, as was the idea, Rafa Nadal. Entered the London O2, without an audience due to the coronavirus, with tennis adapted to the environment, more confident that their game would respond. He did, and a lot, the serve, which kept the whole game intact. It gave him poise.
Consistent, he misplaced Rublev by changing directions and heights. The Russian likes to go fixed gear, get into a frenetic pace. Nadal did not give it to him, who also punished his second serve by subtracting close to the line, a novel position in the Spanish’s tactics.
The recent winner of the ‘indoor’ Saint Petersburg and Vienna, at 23 years 8th in the world and making his debut at this event, he immediately lost his mind. He turned over his serve in the sixth game. He smashed his racket on the ground. A recital of monologues and fuss began. Unhinged by Nadal’s solidity and annoyed because his nerves were dirtying his tennis, he never managed to get into a positive dynamic.
70 wins in a row after winning the first set
Nadal has already taken care of holding the prey well. There are 70 consecutive games that expire if the first set is won. The manacorí put a 72% of first serves, winning 42 of 54 points with the serve. In the initial round he was 40% of the first Rublev, who delivered the second and final ‘break’ only to start what would be the final round.
Too much Nadal, classified for the sixteenth time for this Masters (he missed six editions due to injury), for a rookie. Fresh in his head and legs, ambitious and competitive, the Spaniard entered an event well in which his two great opponents for the ‘semis’ have to be the next, Dominic Thiem, on Tuesday, and Stefanos Tsitsipas, on Thursday.