Paris Masters | Auger-Aliassime, Rublev in ATP Finals as Nadal, Fritz lose

Rafael Nadal’s 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 loss to Tommy Paul on the ATP Paris Masters raised questions on his health in his first singles match because the U.S. Open

Rafael Nadal’s 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 loss to Tommy Paul on the ATP Paris Masters raised questions on his health in his first singles match because the U.S. Open

Felix Auger-Aliassime and Andrey Rublev certified for the ATP Finals after Taylor Fritz and Hubert Hurkacz, the opposite contenders for the 2 remaining spots, misplaced within the second spherical of the Paris Masters.

Eighth-seeded Auger-Aliassime outlasted qualifier Mikael Ymer 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (6) to subsequent play wild-card entry Gilles Simon, who overcame ninth-seeded Fritz 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

Auger-Aliassime saved 14 of 17 break factors and transformed 4 of 5 to increase his successful streak to 14 matches.

Fritz did not convert three set factors on Simon’s serve at 5-4 within the opening set. The American additionally did not convert any of the three break factors he had at 3-2 within the closing set. He made 36 unforced errors to 16 for Simon, who’s ranked 188th and plans to retire after this match.

Rune stuns Hurkacz, to satisfy Rublev in third spherical

Teenager Holger Rune shocked Tenth-seeded Hurkacz 7-5, 6-1 to satisfy Rublev, who reached the third spherical on Tuesday.

Earlier than the Paris Masters, Carlos Alcaraz, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, Daniil Medvedev, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had already certified for the eight-man match in Turin from November 13-20.

Alcaraz, Tsitsipas, Alex de Minaur and Lorenzo Musetti additionally superior to the third spherical in Paris, whereas Nadal’s 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 loss to Tommy Paul raised questions on his health in his first singles match because the U.S. Open.

Nadal not optimistic about ATP Finals possibilities

The second-seeded Nadal made 19 unforced errors to 18 for Paul and dropped serve 3 times within the closing set, nearly trying resigned.

“On the finish, I would like days on the tour,” Nadal stated. “It is true that for the final 5 months I did not spend sufficient days on the tour. I do not even say competing on a tennis court docket. I say on the tour. Training with the fellows. That is what I would like.”

“For me (it’s) troublesome to think about now arriving within the World Tour Finals in sufficient good condition to win a match that I didn’t win throughout all my tennis profession.”

Paul subsequent performs Pablo Carreno Busta, who edged Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4.

De Minaur upset fourth-seeded Medvedev 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to subsequent face Frances Tiafoe, who beat Jack Draper 6-3, 7-5.

De Minaur beat Medvedev for the primary time in 5 conferences.

After rallying from a 2-0 deficit within the closing set, De Minaur did not convert his first two match factors at 5-4. He hit a return out on the primary match level and made an unforced error on the second.

However the Australian bought two extra possibilities at 6-5. Medvedev saved the third match level with a service winner earlier than double-faulting on the fourth and angrily throwing his racket to the bottom.

“I am glad I performed a really tactical match,” De Minaur instructed Tennis Channel. “I simply tried to attend for my proper ball and simply again myself and again my volley.”

Medvedev, who gained the Paris Masters in 2020 and was runner-up final 12 months, dropped serve within the first set by overhitting a smash within the closing sport. However the Russian capitalized on unforced errors by De Minaur to interrupt twice within the second set.

Alcaraz chases No. 1 rating

The highest-seeded Alcaraz downed Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 6-4 to rack up extra factors in his chase for the year-end No. 1 rating.

Alcaraz hit 30 winners to seven for the Japanese participant and can subsequent play Grigor Dimitrov who dispatched fortunate loser Fabio Fognini 6-0, 7-5.

Fifth-seeded Tsitsipas beat Daniel Evans 6-3, 6-4 to guide the ATP tour with 58 wins this 12 months.

Tsitsipas raced to a 3-0 lead within the first set. He then hit a forehand winner throughout court docket to interrupt Evans within the opening sport of the second, earlier than changing his first match level with an ace.

“Ï’m proud of the extent of tennis I introduced after I needed to,” Tsitsipas stated. “I used to be shifting nicely, I used to be dictating nicely. I mixed every part, together with my protection.”

Tsitsipas will tackle Corentin Moutet, who beat Cameron Norrie 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (3).

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