By Ros Satar at the Nitto ATP Finals in London

  • Rafael Nadal [1] v Stefanos Tsitsipas [6] | Nadal leads H2H 4-1
  • Daniil Medvedev [4] v Alexander Zverev [7] | Zverev leads H2H 4-1
LONDON, UK – Rafael Nadal will be hoping Daniil Medvedev strikes back to help him into the semi-finals with all to play for on the final round robin match.

 

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Rafael Nadal [1] v Stefanos Tsitsipas [6] | Nadal leads H2H 4-1

Not only must Rafael Nadal win his final round robin match, his faith in Daniil Medvedev to find winning ways, having stunned the Russian with his comeback on Wednesday, means he needs him to beat Alexander Zverev to help him through.

It was quite a remarkable comeback against the Russian who was 1-5 and match-point up in the decider before being hauled back and edged in the tie-break. Medvedev is now the oly one of the newbies not to have won a match on his London debut.

Meanwhile Nadal really looks to be playing himself back into form. Maybe surprisingly Stefanos Tsitsipas’ only win over the Spaniard came on the Madrid clay, and he has settled into the range and speed of this indoor court very well, so Nadal can expect another huge fight.

Tsitsipas needs to balance wanting to keep this momentum going, because this will be no easy match, versus conserving his energy to give his all in the last two matches. Nadal will make this physical, and nothing but a win will do.

Nadal will look to dictate from the back of the court and pin Tsitsipas there, but the Greek has been so effective coming forwards and his accuracy has been on point. However, he does has his moments of streakiness, and is due a bit of a lapse.

Prediction: Nadal in three sets.

 

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Daniil Medvedev [4] v Alexander Zverev [7] | Zverev leads H2H 4-

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To avoid a dead rubber, defending champion Zverev will face Medvedev. It was a complete capitulation for Zverev against Tsitsipas but he has been in this situation before, qualifying last year for the semi-finals with a loss in the second round-robin and then going on to win.

Up until Shanghai, Zverev had been the dominating force in all their encounters, before the days of Medvedev 2.0. The Russian will want to erase the memory of his complete unravelling at the hands of Nadal and at least try to finish on top.

There is no doubt he has the game to do it. We could even argue that he is a lot more aggressive than Zverev on the whole, and we have seen the German opt to stay a little more passive.

Yet he does have the desire to defend his title, and he needs to be fired up – a win of any type will see him into the semi-final.

Prediction: Zverev in three sets.

Nadal & Tsitsipas are scheduled not before 2pm, with Medvedev & Zverev not before 8pm.

 

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