Rafael Nadal faces off against Daniil Medvedev in the first of the ATP Tour Finals and the last edition of the tournament in London at The O2 Arena.
The Spaniard, fresh from victory at the French Open, is looking to end the year on a high after an impressive win over Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach this stage, but the Russian is unbeaten so far and will be a formidable opponent, particularly on hard court.
Later there will be Novak Djokovic against Dominic Thiem in a cracking match to conclude the semi-finals, but first follow live updates from The O2 Arena below:
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CAN THE UNDERDOGS ADVANCE?
CAN NADAL DO IT?
The ATP Finals is the one major title that is eluding Nadal, but the Spaniard is looking to finally add it to his ever-growing collection of honours.
Nadal lost in the final of this competition in 2010 and 2013. Is this finally his year?
45 minutes until we are underway – and who have you got winning?
I think this is going to be incredibly interesting.
DJOKOVIC SUPPORTS INTRODUCTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE POLICY IN TENNIS
Novak Djokovic backed the idea of tennis developing a domestic violence policy while offering very public support to Alexander Zverev.
The German’s season ended with a 6-3 7-6 (4) loss to Djokovic at the Nitto ATP Finals, sending the world number one through to a semi-final clash against US Open champion Dominic Thiem on Saturday.
Zverev has been competing under the considerable shadow of serious abuse claims made by his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova.
He strongly denies the allegations, which were made by the former junior player on Instagram and in two media interviews, but has not addressed them in any detail.
The ATP had been criticised for not making any public comment until last week, when it issued a generic statement saying it “fully condemns any form of violence or abuse”.
Zverev is not the only tennis player to have faced similar allegations recently, with Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in court last month to answer an assault charge against his ex-wife.
Several major American sports have a policy setting out a procedure to be followed in such situations, and Djokovic believes tennis should go down the same route.
He said: “I’ve known Sascha (Zverev) for a very long time since he was very young. I always had a great relationship with him, he’s a very nice guy, I have a lot of respect for him, his family. I was sad to hear that he’s going through something like this.
“I don’t know what happened. Obviously I’m not supporting any kind of violence. Whether ATP should develop a policy? Yes, why not. Probably it should be there in place.”
RAFAEL NADAL ON DANIIL MEDVEDEV
“I don’t think nobody is completely different player, no?” said Nadal. “I think he’s playing great, but we can’t forget that last year he played amazing too.
“He played the final in Washington, final in Montreal, winning Cincinnati, final US Open. Then he won in Shanghai and I think a couple more tournaments.
“So better than this is very difficult, no? He has plenty of confidence and [he is] playing [at a] very, very high level. But we are in the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals so we can’t expect another story, no?”
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