Rafael Nadal returned from the set to beat Stefanos Tzipipas and retain the ATP final.
The first set was a close affair with the dominant service and surprisingly went to the tiebreaker, where Nadal was made to pay for a few loose ends, and Ficipas served the set with an ace.
Nadal brought the first break point opportunities of the match early in the second set, and Yipipas remained determined until World No. 1 finally broke through in the ninth game, then forced a third set.
In the last set, both players brought their best tennis of the match as they went toe to toe, but in game 11, Nadal re-broke and then held on to a 6-7 6-4 7-5 victory he must now hope that Daniel Medvedev defeats Alexander Zverev this evening to form a match against Roger Federer on Saturday afternoon.
Rafael Nadal beat Stefanos Tzipipas in three sets
RACHEL NADAL VS STEFANOS TISITIPAS HOW IT HAPPENS
THIRD SET (* denotes server)
* NADAL 6-7 6-4 7-5 TCITIPAS
Ficipas returns long, confirmed by Shokki. 15-0. Ficipas returned the winner. Big Nadal Services, 30-15. Nadal's big forehand catches the error from Ficipas. Two points.
Defensive Ficipas Forehand in the net. GAME Set up. ONLY OVER.
Nadal 6-7 6-4 6-5 TCITIPAS *
Ficipas' double error, 30-15. The winner from Nadal Forehand to the line, 30-30. OH MY Nadal's incredible winner with a forehand on the line. Break point
Great service followed by a big forehand from Ficipas. Brave tennis. Duce Ficipas returned to the net. Second break.
Nadal's shot, but his volley from Ficipas. OVERDRAWINGS. He will serve for the match next.
* NADAL 6-7 6-4 5-5 TSITSIPAS
Nadal forehand long, 15-15. Ficipas misses a forehand, 30-15.
Nadal today really enjoys the net, and yet another nice volley draws off the error from Ficipas.
NADAL 6-7 6-4 4-5 TSITSIPAS *
Winning winner of Yipipas, 40-0. Nadal backhanded back into the net. We go on to this third set. Two hours and 35 minutes this match so far.
* NADAL 6-7 6-4 4-4 TSITSIPAS
The winner of the Nadal forehand, 30-15. The winner of the forehapas forehand, 30-30. Great hustle and bustle from Wisconsin, but Nadal is just too good on the volleyball network.
Nadal holds a forehand winner.
Nadal 6-7 6-4 3-4 TCITIPAS *
Boom Nadal opens the game with a return winner that Ficipas is not even moving on. But to the Greek's credit, it moves to 40-15.
Nadal attacks the net and ends with a volley. More big shots from Nadal get an error from Ficipas. Dow
Ficipas tries to serve volleyball as well, but is carried over by Nadal's return. The first 134 miles per hour is too hot for Nadal.
Dense tennis from Chicago to hold one more time.
* NADAL 6-7 6-4 3-3 CETISIPAS
Nadal forehand debt, 0-30. Ficipas has not been in this position many times. The winner of the Nadal forehand. Ficipas returned to the net, 30-all.
The beautiful Nadal volleyball. And he holds back.
Nadal 6-7 6-4 2-3 CETISIPAS *
Brutal blows by Nadal and he finishes the shot with a 0-30 winning shot.
Nadal's big fist as he attacks the net and ends up winning in volleyball. Two pause. Ace of Ficipas. Good approach from Ficipas and he does volleyball. Dow
Massive posture from the Greek while practicing forehand-winner.
* NADAL 6-7 6-4 2-2 TSITSIPAS
Easily holds back for Nadal. Ficipas didn't come back at all well today.
NADAL 6-7 6-4 1-2 TSITSIPAS *
Error distributing the game by Ficipas and he pulls a forehand wide, window.
But it comes through another service game with some service and volley.
* NADAL 6-7 6-4 1-1 TSITSIPAS
Nadal doubles errors, 40-30, but responds with great service receiving the error from Ficipas.
NADAL 6-7 6-4 0-1 TCITIPAS *
Nadal forehand in the net, 30-30. Ficipas ace to win the game and make the perfect start to the set.
* NADAL 6-7 6-4 CETISIPAS
Ficipas' defensive forehand is long at the starting point. Ficipas Backhand long, 30-0. Three set points. Nadal misses the volley directly, then goes long with a forehand.
But he got the job done when Ficipas's return was flying long. GAME OF US!
Nadal 6-7 5-4 CSITIPAS *
Winning Nadal, 30-40. Big Fist of the World No. 1. Break point. Chicipas forehand wide. Nadal breaks.
* NADAL 6-7 4-4 CETISIPAS
Winner of Nadal, 15-15. Nadal's volleyball winner, 30-15. Nadal continues to be comfortable.
Nadal 6-7 3-4 CETISIPAS *
Another opening for Nadal while drill forehand up, 0-30. Good calculation from Ficipas to get to 40-30. Nadal volley is too good for Ficipas, deuce.
Wrongly hit by Ficipas. Break point Nadal. Great service to the Greeks. And he comes again through.
* NADAL 6-7 3-3 CETISIPAS
Nadal holds up to 15. The Spaniard with the first 128 miles per hour to power up. Usually it doesn't get that high.
NADAL 6-7 2-3 CSITIPAS *
TRIPLE! Nadal crushes the winners from the forehand back. 15-30. Ficipas double error. Two pause. Winner of the Ficipas Award. Nadal forehand in the net. Dow
Serve the winner of the volleyball from Ficipas. Great posture!
* NADAL 6-7 2-2 TSITSIPAS
Earlier, the Nadal cross-court catches the winner. Nadal's classic service wide, 40-15. And an ace sealed the game. No break points in the match yet.
NADAL 6-7 1-2 CSITIPAS *
The winner of the sliced Chicipas, 40-15. And another ace to end. Very impressive Greek service.
* NADAL 6-7 1-1 TSITIPAS
Good response from Nadal as he loves his job.
NADAL 6-7 0-1 TCITIPAS *
Nadal backhanded the net, 30-15. Worst picture of Ficipas and then ace. The Greek is flying now.
Rafael Nadal hits a forehand
NADAL 6-7 TCITIPAS – TIBERAK
Nadal forehand long, 0-1. Winner of Nadal Forend, 1-1 Nadal returned to the net, 1-2. Serve a Nadal Volleyball Winner, 2-2. Nadal forehand in the net, 2-3.
A long time to Nadal, 2-4. Ficipas forehand in the net, 3-4. Defender Ficipas Forehand on the net, 4-4. Nadal backhand into the net, 4-5.
The nodal lobe is called and Fokiki confirms it, 4-6. Ace Cicipas, 4-7.
NUTAL 6-6 TCITIPAS *
Winner from Vintage to Vintage Nadal down the run, 15-15. Big Cicipas serve, 40-15. And ace to end. Time of the tiebreaker.
* NUTAL 6-5 TSIPIPAS
Servie remains the dominant factor in this match, as Nadal himself is at least a bookkeeper.
DOWN 5-5 TJTIPAS *
Quickfire service game from the youngest man in the tournament. End with a forehand winner for whom Nadal is barely moving.
* NUTAL 5-4 CETISIPAS
Ficipas goes to Nadal on the net, but the Spaniard remains strong and wins the point. Large fist pump. Nadal's winner.
Ficipas' forehand is wide, 40-15. Nadal holds.
NADAL 4-4 TCITIPAS *
Good aggressive tennis by Nadal and he finishes the net in the net, 15-15. Ficipas forehand in the net, 15-30.
Great feeling on the net again from Hitpas, 40-30. Ficipas returned to the net. Duce Greece really enjoys the net, another volleyball volleyball winner. And, he manages when Nadal defends defense networks. Still in the service.
* NADAL 4-3 TCITIPAS
Love is holding Nadal behind his back. Looking for a comfortable serving so far.
Stefanos Tzipipas won the first set in the tiebreaker
NADAL 3-3 CSITIPAS *
A nice touch on the Ficipas network came to his feet immediately after Nadal's return. As-back-to-back for the Greek to hold serve again.
* NADAL 3-2 TSITIPAS
Nadal racing 40-0. Cicipas catches him with a deep forehand return. But great service gets the job done.
NADAL 2-2 TCITIPAS *
Efficient service game from Phillips as he wants to love it.
* NADAL 2-1 TCITIPAS
He got double errors at the starting point. Huge Ficipas backhanded in the air, 30-15.
Ficipas' approach is not good enough, and Nadal punches him. Serve and volleyball from Nadal to take place.
NADAL 1-1 TJITIPAS *
Nadal forehand debt, 40-15. Ficipas goes too far, 40-30. And he then pulls a forehand wide, double.
Nicely played by Chicipas as he serves and volunteers. And he holds on when his short corner backhand catches Nadal.
* NADAL 1-0 SWISSIPAS
Nadal's double error, 15-30. Followed by an ace. And he holds on when Tzipipas returns in advance.
14:02: The players go out on the pitch and receive huge cheers from the crowd.
13:55: Cicipas is the only player to lose a match, but he only beat Nadal in his five matches.
13:50: Here are the semi-final scenarios:
1) Zverev advances to SC if he defeats Medvedev
2) Zverev advances to SC if he loses Medvedev in three sets and Ficipas defeats Nadal
3) Nadal advances to SC if he defeats Tzipipas and Medvedev defeats Zverev
4) Medvedev advances to SC if he defeats Zverev in 2 sets And Ficipas defeats Nadal
13:40: Twenty minutes from the first singles match of the day between Nadal and Ficipas.
The final semifinal spot in the ATP Finals in Nitto will be settled between Nadal, Danil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev, who is the defending champion.
Ficipas has already qualified for the semifinals by winning the first two matches in Andre Agassi's group.
1:30 pm: Hi and welcome to the LIVO coverage of Rafael Nadal's round-robin clash against Stefanos Tsipipas in the ATP final.