ATP Finals has come down to its final few days, with the semi-final line-up now confirmed. Who are Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic playing in the next rounds? The ATP Finals 2020 has already given us some shocks, with both Nadal and Djokovic failing to maintain a 100 percent record in the group stages.
Nadal suffered a defeat to Dominic Thiem early on in the competition.
Thiem won in straight sets (7-6, 7-6) against the Spaniard on Tuesday, earlier this week.
Elsewhere, Djokovic was beaten by Daniil Medvedev the following day.
Medvedev beat Djokovic (6-3, 6-3) in the evening match, after Alexander Zverev beat Diego Schwartzman.
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But, the full semi-final schedule was confirmed on Friday afternoon, despite one match still yet to be played.
Medvedev goes into the next round as group winner, after winning both of his first two games.
If Medvedev loses to Schwartzman in the final group game, his head-to-head record against Djokovic handed him the – theoretically – easier tie against the runner-up of the London 2020 group.
However, he’s found himself facing second-seed Nadal, who finished second in his group.
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In the second semi-final, London 2020 group winner, Thiem, will be taking on Djokovic.
Djokovic finished behind Medvedev in the Tokyo 1970 group, to set up a tie against the Austrian.
The world No 1 had to beat Zverev in his final group game to secure a place in the next round.
He matched Zverev’s record until their showdown clash on Friday afternoon.
ATP Finals semi-final draw in full
D. Medvedev – R. Nadal
D. Thiem – N. Djokovic
Both semi-final ties will be played on Saturday afternoon.
Medvedev will take on Nadal in the first tie, from 2pm. The following tie will see Thiem facing Djokovic from 8pm.
Nadal will be hoping to reach his third ATP Finals final with a win over Medvedev.
He’s yet to win the London competition, despite playing in the tournament for the past 16 years.
Djokovic, meanwhile, is hoping to match Roger Federer’s record in the ATP Finals.
Federer has won six previous ATP Finals tournaments, whereas Djokovic is currently sat on five.
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