RAFAEL NADAL VS ALEXANDER ZVEREV LIVE
FIRST SET (*denotes server)
NADAL 2-4 ZVEREV*
Zverev races to 40-0 with more massive serving. And he holds to consolidate the break.
*NADAL 2-3 ZVEREV
Nadal nets a backhand, 0-30. Nadal forehand long, three break points for Zverev.
And another forehand into the net gifts Zverev the game. Extremely sloppy game from Nadal.
NADAL 2-2 ZVEREV*
Ooohs and ahhs from the crowd as Zverev bombs down 140mph serves. A slow 131mph ace wins the game.
*NADAL 2-1 ZVEREV
Nadal backhand into the tramlines, 30-15. Good length from Zverev and he draws the error from Nadal.
More big hitting from Zverev draws another mistake from Nadal, deuce. But Nadal comes through again. Evenly matched start to this match.
NADAL 1-1 ZVEREV*
Huge serving takes Zverev to 40-0 in no time at all. And a 143mph ace seals the game. Impressive start by the champion.
*NADAL 1-0 ZVEREV
126mph first serve from Nadal on the opening point, which is won by Zverev. Nadal then hits a 106mph ace.
Nadal backhand winner after a lengthy rally, 40-15. And the world No 1 holds when Zverev nets a forehand.
20:03: Proper goosebumps as Nadal walks onto the court after Zverev. Huge reception for the Spaniard.
19:55: The build-up to the match has been dominated by injury worries over the abdominal injury Nadal suffered in Paris earlier this month.
Let’s hope he is able to play close to his best today!
19:50: Ten minutes away from Nadal vs Zverev. The atmosphere is building up nicely ahead of the match.
19:40: This is the second match of the day from ‘Group Andre Agassi’. Earlier today, Stefanos Tsitsipas picked up his first win over Daniil Medvedev.
19:30: Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Rafael Nadal’s round-robin clash against Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals.
RAFAEL NADAL VS ALEXANDER ZVEREV PREVIEW
Nadal starts the tournament knowing he will clinch the year-end No. 1 ranking for a fifth time if he reaches the final with a 4-0 record.
The Spaniard has qualified 15 straight times for the year-end championships but he’s only made eight prior appearances due to injuries.
Zverev won the tournament in 2018 but has struggled to reach those heights again this year.
The German has just one title to his name this year and the joint lowest wins with 42.