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    Nadal, Felix Contest Roland Garros Rematch In Turin | ATP Tour

    After two days of world-class motion on the Nitto ATP Finals, every of the eight singles gamers and eight doubles groups has performed one match in Turin. Whereas those that gained their openers might seal a semi-final place on Tuesday, others are bidding to maintain their hopes of progress alive by avoiding an 0-2 begin.

    Opponents Rafael Nadal and Felix Auger-Aliassime fall into the latter class on Day 3, whereas Casper Ruud and Taylor Fritz will look to remain good on the week of their night matchup.

    In doubles motion, Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer face Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos with each groups seeking their first victories. Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury meet Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara in a battle of 1-0 duos.

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    [1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [5] Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)

    Nadal and Auger-Aliassime took very completely different paths to Turin previously two months. Whereas Nadal performed only one singles match following the US Open — a Rolex Paris Masters defeat in opposition to Tommy Paul — Auger-Aliassime put collectively a career-best 16-match win streak as he claimed titles in Florence, Antwerp and Basel earlier than reaching the Paris semi-finals.

    However the Canadian has now dropped two matches in a row, his Bercy defeat in opposition to Holger Rune adopted by one other loss to Ruud within the 22-year-old’s Nitto ATP Finals debut. However the distinctive format on the season finale means there may be nonetheless time to make amends.

    “My again is in opposition to the wall,” Auger-Aliassime mentioned after his 7-6(4), 6-4 defeat to Ruud . “It could have been higher to start out with a win right here… I have to bounce again and play higher, play a bit bit higher. I am not removed from taking part in properly, however there are some things I can do higher.”

    The fifth seed might want to earn his first ATP Head2Head win in three tries in opposition to Nadal to have a practical likelihood of advancing to the Turin semi-finals. 

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    Nadal struggled to search out his greatest kind in a 7-6(3), 6-1 defeat to Fritz on Sunday and has now misplaced his previous three matches, all in opposition to American opposition. Nadal mentioned he discovered himself on defence within the majority of the factors in opposition to the highly effective American, and the 36-year-old will likely be anticipating a equally aggressive method from Auger-Aliassime.

    “Serving like Fritz served, then you might be underneath stress on a regular basis,” Nadal mentioned, noting how the pace of the indoor court docket robbed him of the time he wanted to play on his phrases. “When any individual is serving that method, on the return he’s going for each shot. [It was] simply properly performed from him, not sufficient from me.”

    Auger-Aliassime almost hit his method to a victory when he met Nadal at Roland Garros earlier this season, however the Spaniard did simply sufficient to flee in 5 units.

    Will the change of floor assist the Canadian change the end result in Turin, or will Nadal get again on observe in his bid to win the Nitto ATP Finals for the primary time? If the Spaniard can declare the elusive title, he would additionally snatch the year-end No. 1 Pepperstone ATP Rating from the injured Carlos Alcaraz.

    Ruud vs. Fritz

    [3] Casper Ruud (NOR) vs. [8] Taylor Fritz (USA)

    Even with their twin 1-0 data, Ruud and Fritz will stay on excessive alert, realizing there may be little room for error on the Nitto ATP Finals.

    Ruud was very completely happy along with his win in opposition to Auger-Aliassime after a tough few months following his run to the US Open ultimate, which lifted him to a career-high Pepperstone ATP Rating of World No. 2. 

    “I’m not going to attempt to calm down, however I do know that I don’t have to type of stress or attempt to rush issues to attempt to flip it round, in order that’s hopefully a very good factor,” he mentioned post-match. “I’m not going to depend on something, I’m simply going to give attention to the subsequent two matches and in a method fake that this by no means occurred. So, I have to carry my ‘A’ recreation within the subsequent two matches as properly.”

    Whereas Ruud and Fritz will likely be contesting their first ATP Head2Head assembly, the Norwegian confronted a equally attack-minded opponent in Auger-Aliassime on Sunday. Whereas Fritz and Auger-Aliassime are from from the identical participant, each base their video games round massive serves and large forehands — weapons which free them as much as take possibilities on return.

    From Fritz’s perspective, he faces a second consecutive opponent whose favorite floor is clay, following his win in opposition to Nadal. Towards the Spaniard, the American felt the fast situations on the Pala Alpitour benefitted him each on serve and within the rallies.

    “The court docket’s undoubtedly quick. For me, quick is nice for my serve, it is good for my backhand,” he defined in his on-court interview. “I really feel like completely different speeds at all times have elements that assist my recreation, and elements that harm my recreation. On a slower court docket, I’ve a lot extra time to type of load up on a forehand.

    “On a court docket like this, I can lean into my backhand and hit it deep cross to Rafa’s forehand, and it makes it a bit harder for him to step in and crush it. On a slower floor, he will get time on the forehand once I go backhand cross, and it is most likely executed for me. So I might say that is the place it helps me essentially the most on the bottom in opposition to him.”

    Whereas he was capable of keep impartial within the rallies along with his backhand, it was the Fritz forehand which did the heavy lifting off the bottom in opposition to Nadal. This was quantified by his 8.9 INSIGHTS Shot High quality rating, which elements in a variety of metrics to find out the effectiveness of a given stroke. After hitting 30 per cent of his pictures In Assault in opposition to Nadal, in accordance with INSIGHTS, Fritz will once more hope to maintain Ruud pinned again on Monday.

    Fritz Forehand Quality

    Doubles Motion

    Roland Garros champions Arevalo and Rojer meet Granollers and Zeballos for the primary time on Tuesday in Turin, with each pairs seeking to rebound from Day 1 defeats. Whereas Arevalo and Rojer are searching for their first Nitto ATP Finals win of their match debut as a pair, Granollers and Zeballos are bidding for a 3rd straight semi-final on the season finale. Spain’s Granollers additionally gained the 2012 year-end title alongside countryman Marc Lopez.

    Returning finalists Ram and Salisbury gained maybe essentially the most dramatic doubles match of the match in opposition to Granollers/Zeballos, incomes a 6-3, 6-7(8), 10-8 victory after letting slip set factors within the second set. Thy face group leaders Glasspool and Heliovaara, the one group but to drop a set in Turin. The British-Finnish duo edged Arevalo/Rojer 7-5, 7-6(3) on Sunday.

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