Nadal starts diligently in hunt for missing title

Rafael Nadal won his first match at the ATP Finals in London. The Spaniard, who never won the season competition with the best eight tennis players of the year, defeated the Russian Andrei Rublev with 6-3, 6-4.

Earlier in the evening Dominic Thiem was the best in a repeat of last years final in the same group. The Austrian defeated the Greek title holder Stefanos Tsitsipas with 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3.

In his career, Nadal won all the grandslam tournaments, the Olympic Games and most of the master tournaments. Only the ATP Finals and the master tournaments of Paris, Miami and Shanghai are missing from his list of honorary titles.

Nadal, who won the final match of the ATP Finals in 2010 and 2013, was wary of Rublev, who won five tournaments this year. However, the Spaniard was supreme in the rallies and did not allow the Russian to enter the competition.

Single-Handed Backhands

Thiem and Tsitsipas impressed with their amazing single-handed backhands. The Greek survived three break-chances in the first set, but lost in the tiebreak from 3-5 four points in a row. In the second set on 1-1, he immediately punished Thiems first weak storage game and that also gave him the set.

Thiem then took a break, hit one winner after the other and ran fast to 3-0.

Monday, the other group will start. The Serb Novak Djokovic, Argentine Diego Schwartzman, Russian Daniil Medvedev and German Alexander Zverev.

Alexander Zverev has recently been in the news mainly because of private problems. It is also about that in London. Hes accused of assault by his ex-girlfriend and having a child with another ex-girlfriend.