Felix Auger-Aliassime deserted Rafael Nadal’s title hopes within the ATP Finals after beating the struggling Spaniard 6-3 6-4 in round-robin motion on the Pala Alpitore Stadium in Turin on Tuesday.
Nadal must win a year-end title to have an opportunity of ending the season as world primary for the primary time in his illustrious profession, however has light badly after an encouraging begin. The 35-year-old was crushed by American Taylor Fritz in his opener on Sunday and is backside of the group with a match in opposition to Norway’s Kasper Ruud.
Nadal, a file 22-time Grand Slam champion, has now misplaced 4 consecutive ATP Tour matches for the primary time since 2009. Auger-Aliassime, now coached by Nadal’s uncle and longtime mentor in his field, Toni, will face Fritz. An opportunity to make it to the final 4 of their final group match.
Nadal held his floor a number of occasions within the first set and twice threatened to interrupt the serve of his Canadian opponent, whom Roode had defeated in his match opener on Sunday. 3–4 serving Nadal went 40–0 however some double faults and grounding errors allowed Auger-Aliassim to interrupt up.
Auger-Aliassime, who has gained 4 titles this season, sealed the primary set with a stable maintain and went forward early within the second. Nadal confirmed flashes of brilliance, however did not make an influence within the loss.
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