Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud collide at the 2022 ATP Finals in a mouth-watering repeat of this year’s French Open…
Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud collide at the 2022 ATP Finals in a mouth-watering repeat of this year’s French Open final.
Their only meeting to date in June saw Nadal prevail in straight sets to claim his 14th title at Roland Garros and a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam.
It marked the first time in Nadal’s career that he has won both the Australian Open and the French Open titles in the same calendar year and inflicted a first Grand Slam final defeat on Ruud.
Five months later, the box office duo meet again the season-ending ATP Finals in Turin – a title which continues to evade the Spaniard.
Nadal is unable to qualify for the Semi-Finals and is out to end the campaign on a high, having suffered straight sets defeats to Taylor Fritz and Félix Auger-Aliassime so far this week.
The defeat to Auger-Aliassime not only ended Nadal’s hopes of advancing in the tournament, but also dashed his hopes of going on top of the rankings once again, meaning his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz will end the season as the world number one.
Rafa is bidding to end a four-match losing streak in all competitions, but faces an opponent hungry for revenge and in fine fettle, having become the first player to qualify for the Semi-Finals.
The 23-year-old edged past Taylor Fritz in a three-set thriller on Tuesday after overcoming Auger-Aliassime in straight sets in his group opener.
Semi-finalist here 12 months ago, Ruud is targeting a landmark first career win over Nadal as he bids to replicate the form which led him to the final of the French Open, US Open and the Miami Open earlier this year.
The match gets under way from 1pm GMT and will be available to watch live online.
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