Rafael Nadal has never won the ATP Masters final.
Rafael Nadal, number 2 in the world, managed to win the title. He beat Casper Ruud (No. 4) 7-5, 7-5 on Thursday in a game with nothing at stake in the Green Group of the Turin Masters, as the Spaniard was already eliminated and the Norwegian had the chance to win. Their presence in the semifinals is assured.
The other key ticket for the semifinals will be played by Taylor Fritz and Félix Auger-Aliassime starting at 20:00 GMT.
Defeated in straight sets by Fritz and then by Auger-Aliassime, Nadal no longer had what to do. win in this tournament. But the Spaniard hates losing and is already working towards the 2023 season.
For his part, Ruud had guaranteed qualification after his two victories in his first two games.
However, it fit the bill. an eighth defeat in as many matches against a member of the Top 3, without having even managed to win a set against one of those players.
Against his idol Nadal already conceded. He suffered a resounding 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 defeat in the final at Roland Garros in the spring.
On Thursday, on the fast Pala Alpitour court, Nadal was aggressive, with a effective service (16 aces, 1 double fault).
After saving two 'break' at 4-4, Nadal won the game. He managed the first set taking advantage of his first break point of the sleeve.
The scenario was practically the same in the second set, but Nadal showed himself to be the same. imperial, conceding just three points during their games to Ruud. With a backhand cross, he ended the match by breaking Ruud's serve.