19 November 2020 18:30
Rafael Nadal plays Stefanos Tsitsipas in a crucial round-robin match at the ATP Finals tonight. Last year's ATP Finals champion Tsitsipas, meanwhile, also lost to Thiem – coming up short 6-7(5) 6-4 3-6 in his opener – before similarly beating Rublev. The Greek overcame the Russian with more trouble than Nadal had, however, winning 6-1 4-6 7-6(8). With Thiem having already secured safe passage through to the semi-finals, this is a must-win match for both players, with the victor joining the Austrian in the final four. Here's everything you need to know about following the 2020 ATP Finals match.
The ATP Finals match between Nadal and Tsitsipas is on 19 November at the O2 Arena in London. The match gets underway at 20:00 local time. How can I watch the match? The match is being broadcast exclusively on Amazon Prime. Zverev lost to Medvedev (Getty) When are the matches? Sunday 15 November Tsitsipas 7-6 4-6 6-3 Nadal def. Monday 16 November Djokovic def. Tuesday 17 November Thiem def. Tsitsipas def. Rublev 6-1 4-6 7-6 Wednesday 18 November Zverev def. Schwartzman 6-3 4-6 6-3 Medvedev def. Thursday 19 November 2pm-4.30pm: Thiem vs Rublev – Amazon Prime, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and mobile app 8pm: Nadal vs Tsitsipas – Amazon Prime Friday 20 November Saturday 21 November – semi-finals 2pm-4.30pm: BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and mobile app 8pm-11pm: Amazon Prime Sunday 22 November – finals 6pm-9pm: Amazon Prime, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and mobile app Odds Djokovic – 13/8 Nadal – 5/1 Zverev – 8/1 Medvedev – 6/1 Thiem – 8/1 Russia's Andrey Rublev in action against Austria's Dominic Thiem at the ATP World Tour Finals in London Advertising Read more London (AFP) Dominic Thiem slumped to defeat against Andrey Rublev in a dead rubber at the ATP Finals on Thursday as reigning champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal prepared for a shootout to reach the semi-finals. Austria's Thiem, who beat Tsitsipas and Nadal earlier in the week to win Group London 2020, was well below his best at London's empty O2 Arena in a 6-2, 7-5 defeat. Rublev, 23, broke the third seed twice to race into a 3-0 lead at the start of the round-robin match. Thiem stopped the rot and started holding his serve but could not make inroads into the Russian's serve and the set was over in just 25 minutes. US Open champion Thiem, playing significantly below par, tried to dig deep against Rublev, who has had a breakthrough season, winning five titles. But the Russian, who was in the groove, passed Thiem in the third game to break for the third time in the match and establish an iron grip. Just when it seemed likely he would canter to victory his level dipped and he dumped a forehand into the net to hand Thiem a break, smashing the ball away in frustration. At 4-4 the Austrian appeared to be back in the contest but was broken again in the 11th game, sending an angled backhand wide. Rublev missed an easy overhead as he served for the match but sealed the win with an ace. "I started really well since the first point, the first return and I think Dominic didn't start that well," said Rublev. "I took advantage from the beginning and that helped me to have more confidence and helped me to play better and better. "It was not easy for Dominic but I think he is also focused now already on the semis so I wish him the best of luck. He deserves to be where he is and he deserves to win the title." French Open champion Nadal, seeking to win the ATP Finals for the first time in his illustrious career, has a 5-1 winning record against Tsitsipas but the Greek will take confidence from last year's win in London. Daniil Medvedev has already qualified from Group Tokyo 1970--2018 champion Alexander Zverev and top seed Novak Djokovic will battle it out on Friday to join him in the semis. The O2 Arena is hosting the elite eight-man event for the 12th and final season before the championships move to Turin. © 2020 AFP