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Sport Nadal downed by defending London champion Zverev in ATP Finals

02:45  12 november  2019
02:45  12 november  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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LONDON (Reuters) - World number one Rafael Nadal made a disappointing start at the ATP Finals as he suffered a first career loss to Germany’s reigning champion Alexander Zverev , going down 6-2 6-4 on Monday.

Rafael Nadal succumbed to a surprise defeat by reigning champion Alexander Zverev in his opening match at the ATP Finals . However, all of those meetings had come on outdoor courts. Zverev , looking to defend his title in London , got off to a flier when he broke Nadal in his second service game.

a man wearing a white shirt: Rafael Nadal was no match for Alexander Zverev on Monday © Getty Images Rafael Nadal was no match for Alexander Zverev on Monday

Rafael Nadal succumbed to defending ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev as the world number seven put in a clinical display to triumph 6-2 6-4.

Heading into this year's season finale with concerns over an abdominal problem, Nadal showed no signs of struggling with injury, but the world number one could still not handle Zverev on Monday.

While Novak Djokovic - who Nadal ousted at the top of the rankings last week - started in dominant fashion against Matteo Berrettini, Nadal suffered a similar fate to that of Roger Federer, who went down to Dominic Thiem in his opening match.

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Like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal has been thrashed by another young gun, Alexander Zverev who is also the defending champion at the ATP Finals in London . The Spaniard has qualified for the year-end championships for 15 years in a row but has only made eight prior appearances due to injuries.

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Rafael Nadal © Getty Images Rafael Nadal

Three successive breaks ultimately did the damage for Zverev, as the 22-year-old claimed a maiden win over Nadal to make a statement of intent in London.

"It's great, everyone knows how much I've been struggling this season," Zverev, who will also face Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev in Group Andre Agassi, said. "This means so much, playing here again after winning my biggest title here last year."

Any concerns over Nadal's fitness were cast aside with the first serve of the match - a venomous 126mph effort at the start of a game the 33-year-old claimed with relative ease.

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But having made Nadal work far harder to hold his next serve, Zverev, who utilised the speed of the court to his advantage throughout, made the first of three straight breaks to take control.

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Tennis world No. 7 Alexander Zverev took down top-ranked Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals in London , winning in straight sets against his Spanish opponent. The defending champion saw off an off-color Nadal 6-2 6-4.

Last year's winner stepped up another level in game seven, using a challenge well after a fantastic down-the-line forehand had been called out as Nadal conceded serve once more.

Rafael Nadal © Getty Images Rafael Nadal

Having served out a 35-minute first set, Zverev needed no second invitation to take a third break point and - after rallying back from two double faults - held a 2-0 lead in set two.

Nadal finally regained his composure, and after holding to end his losing streak, the 19-time grand slam champion sent a sublime backhand pass to spark the O2 crowd into life.

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A backhand into the net saw Zverev squander a break point for the first time - Nadal taking advantage to hold serve and keep himself in contention.

Yet Zverev had victory in his sights, though he lost some control on his first serve to hand Nadal hope of a break.

An impeccable, ripping forehand put him on the cusp, however, with the German duly serving out a first win over his Spanish counterpart in six attempts.

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