Goodbye to the Masters at the top

The Balearic won Tsitsipas, but was eliminated by falling Medvedev to Zverev. David Ferrer was the last one left out with two wins in 2012.


There was no carambola for Nadal. Alexander Zverev, current ATP Finals champion, won Medvedev without many problems 6-4 and 7-6 (4) in 78 minutes) and will play the semifinals this Saturday against Thiem (Tsitsipas and Federer will play the other crossing) .

The Balearic continues without luck in the Masters tournament and falls into the group stage for the fourth time in nine participations, although he could have played another six had it not been for different injuries. It is the great title that is missing in his career and he will have to wait for next year to try again. Despite having won two games, the Balearic is leaving for Madrid, where he will play with Spain the new final phase of the Davis Cup. In the triple tie with Tsitsipas and Zverev he was injured, because in that case the Greek was first of the Agassi Group, Zverev second and Nadal third when unpacking according to the percentage of sets won (5-2, 4-2 and 4-4, respectively ). In addition, the German had beaten the Spanish on Monday, a determining factor in the equalized by the second place in case both had had the same balance of sleeves. He needed Medvedev, already eliminated, to do him a favor and that didn't happen.

Nothing leaves with the comfort of being the number one in the world in 2019 and having done its part yesterday. With another demonstration of strength and courage, he did his homework to overcome and beat Tsitsipas 6-7 (4), 6-4 and 7-5, a top rival who arrived undefeated at the event and without having lost a set. Nadal is not in roller mode, his game is not imperial, but he is the player who best competes and that is why he is able to bust 21-year-old opponents like the Greek, who has already defeated, with this, five times in six matches .


The Spaniard said he would surely not watch the entire match between Medvedev and Zverev and we don't know if he did. If so, it sure took a dislike. Because Medvedev was not motivated too much by the goal of not going to Madrid (he will play with Russia in the group of Spain) without a 0-3 in his locker, nor lose 200 points and 195,000 euros that would have given him to win. He was out and did not resist much resistance, especially in the first set. In the second one he complained about some discomfort in his right arm and then improved and tried to put the public on his side to overcome, but they were fiery fires, and in the tiebreaker Zverev was clearly superior, who had more desire as champion of 2018 and celebrated the triumph with rage.

Nadal extends his negative record in the Finals, a tournament in which his best result was the finals of 2010 and 2013, when he won Federer and Djokovic, respectively. He had never been eliminated with two wins. In fact it is quite unusual. The last one who suffered that misfortune was another Spaniard, David Ferrer, in 2012. Rafa is proud to have lifted the trophy that accredits him as number one and the satisfaction of having completed an ATP season, with four titles (Roma, Roland Garros, Montreal and US Open), the Australian final and six semifinals. The Masters will have to wait for you. If not for that abdominal injury in Paris-Bercy ...

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