Monday, February 26

Eliminated Nadal Closes ATP Finals With Win Over Ruud

Tennis player Rafael Nadal was still able to close the ATP Finals positively. After two losses in the group stage, the 36-year-old Spaniard did win his third match against the Norwegian Casper Ruud.

In Turin, Nadal triumphed in straight sets: 7-5 7-5.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion, who was struggling with a lack of match rhythm, recovered somewhat against Ruud. The two kept each other in balance for a long time in both sets. Nadal broke the Norwegian at 6-5 in the first set. He did that again in the twelfth game in the second set.

The semifinals of the year-end tournament were already out of reach for Nadal due to his losses against American Taylor Fritz and Canadian FĂ©lix Auger-Aliassime. On the other hand, the 23-year-old Ruud, a finalist at Roland Garros and the US Open this year, was already certain of a place in the knockout phase after two victories.

On Thursday evening, Fritz and Auger-Aliassime will compete in the same group for the second ticket to the semifinals.

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