Despite claiming victory in his final group match, Rafael Nadal has crashed out of the 2019 ATP Finals after defending champion Alexander Zverev also claimed victory.
Nadal, who defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 7-5 in the afternoon session, needed Daniil Medvedev to beat Zverev to secure a place in the last four.
But Zverev came through 6-4 7-6 (7-4) to eliminate Nadal and set up a meeting with Dominic Thiem.
“This arena is where I play my best tennis, we don’t play in this atmosphere anywhere else in the world,” said the German seventh seed.
Despite winning 19 Grand Slams, victory at the ATP Finals still evades Nadal.
The world number one had knocked Russian fourth seed Medvedev out of the tournament with his hard-fought victory over Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas will face Roger Federer in the other semi-final on Saturday, while Zverev takes on Austrian Thiem later that day.
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