Tennis

Nadal reaches ATP Finals last four

Rafael Nadal is yet to win the ATP Finals title

Rafael Nadal reached the ATP Finals last four by beating 2019 champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets.

The Spanish world number two overcame Greek Tsitsipas 6-4 4-6 6-2 in London.

Nadal, 34, had been the more consistent player until losing serve to drop the second set, but fought back to dominate the decider.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will play Russian Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals at the O2 Arena on Saturday.

Medvedev is already guaranteed to win Group Tokyo 1970 with Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev contesting the remaining last-four place at 14:00 GMT on Friday.

That match is live on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

“I was playing, I think, a great level of tennis for almost two sets,” said Nadal, who hit 32 winners and made just 13 unforced errors.

“The score was close, but in terms of feeling I felt that I was playing better than him. Then the situation changed. He won that game and then I was starting to suffer a little bit more with my serve.

“But it’s always a good feeling when you are playing well and you’re playing against the best players of the world. You know you’re going to be in a tough fight. That’s what happened tonight. I was able to find a way to win. Very happy.”

Earlier on Thursday, the already qualified Dominic Thiem lost 6-2 7-5 to Russian Andrey Rublev in a dead rubber.

US Open champion Thiem had reached the last four by beating Nadal and Tsitsipas to win Group London 2020.