ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal, the Spanish veteran and winner of the most 22 Grand Slam titles, has been out of the ATP Finals tournament with consecutive defeats. The former number one suffered a straight-set defeat at the hands of Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in his second match of the tournament on Tuesday. This is also Nadal’s fourth consecutive defeat this year. It is the first time since 2009 that the Spanish giants have suffered four defeats in a row.
With Nadal’s defeat, his dream of winning the ATP Finals title once again remained incomplete. Significantly, Nadal has never won the ATP Finals title in 10 attempts. He was the runner-up in 2010 and 2013.
With Nadal out, his compatriot and young player Carlos Alcarez has created history. 19-year-old Carlos Alcarez, who missed the tournament due to injury, has now become the youngest tennis player in the world to end the year with the top rank.
Talking about the match, top seed Rafael Nadal, who made his debut in the tournament, was defeated by Felix in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. It was only the second time in the 36-year-old Nadal’s career that he had lost four matches in a row, having lost at the US Open and Paris. Fifth seed Felix managed to defeat Nadal for the first time in three attempts.
Nadal was also beaten by American eighth seed Taylor Fritz in his opening match on Sunday. Felix also suffered a loss in his first match against third seed Casper Rudd. Meanwhile, Casper Rudd booked his maiden semi-final berth on Wednesday with a hard-fought victory over Taylor Fritz. Rudd won the match 6–3, 4–6, 7–6.
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