ATP Finals 2019 – Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas taking place? The O2 Arena, London

When is Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas on and what time does it start? Friday 15th November, 2019 – 14:00 (UK)

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas on? BBC Two

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas? https://www.nittoatpfinals.com/en/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas? Rafael Nadal beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4

THE LOWDOWN

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal was moved to apologise to his second opponent Daniil Medvedev for winning their match after it had looked like the Russian was set to take his first ATP Finals win, but the Spaniard produced an amazing comeback to take the deciding tiebreak.
  • Nadal can qualify for the ATP Finals’ last four by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas for a fifth time, but he must rely on Daniil Medvedev beating Alexander Zverev in the other group match.
  • Nadal holds a healthy 4-1 head-to-head record over Stefanos Tsitsipas coming into this crucial contest and has won both of their hard court encounters in straight sets, including in the semi-finals of this year’s Australian Open.

STEFANOS TSITSIPAS

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas looks like the form player at the ATP Finals, along with Dominic Thiem in the other group, and put in a commanding performance to beat reigning champion Alexander Zverev on Wednesday afternoon.
  • The 21-year-old Greek is the youngest player at the ATP Finals and has qualified for the semi-finals in his debut at the end-of-year tournament by winning his 51st and 52nd match of an incredible 76 in 2019.
  • Tsitsipas has beaten Nadal once before, remarkably on clay in the semi-finals of this year’s Madrid Masters, but having already qualified for the semi-finals at the O2 he will do well to keep up his momentum.

THE PREDICTION

This looks like a match to be savoured between Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who have played three semi-finals and two finals together in their five previous encounters with only one, Tsitsipas’ win in Madrid this year, going to a decider. That looks set to change here, with the Greek playing some of his best tennis yet at the tournament he so desperately wanted to reach and Nadal needing a win to have any chance of qualification, let alone retain his world number one spot. With the pressure off an already qualified Tsitsipas, the Spaniard could prevail here, but it should need a deciding set to do so like Nadal’s comeback victory over Medvedev on Wednesday. Should the Russian win his match later on Friday, both of these players could see themselves in the last four.

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