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World No. 1 tennis star Rafael Nadal went down against German fire Alexander Zverev in the opening match of ATP World Tour Finals 2019. The World No. 7 Greek professional Zverev clinched the maiden victory against outstanding Spaniard by 6-2, 6-4 comfortable margin in ATP Finals. Both Nadal and Zverev have faced each other in the five ATP battles so far but the Greek superstar had never won any match against the Spanish veteran. This time he made no mistake to outclass the top-ranked opponent and knocked him out of the grand event.

After winning the game against the number one Spanish opponent Zverev was head over heels. He expressed his feelings by saying,”this means so much, playing here again after winning my biggest title so far in my career here last year. This means everything to me”. While on the other side, disappointed player Rafael Nadal said on losing his game to Zverev, “I did not feel pain in the abdominal at all. Sascha, well played, and me, played badly, honestly. We can find reasons or excuses, but at the end of the day, (all that) really matters is I need to play much better in two days after tomorrow”.

With this impressive win, Alexander Zverev has secured his place in the second round of ATP Finals 2019. It will be interesting to see who will be his next opponent in the upcoming battle.

Earlier in the day, Greek legend Stefanos Tsitsipas beat World No. 4 Daniil Medvedev from Russia by 7-6(5), 6-4 verdict on Monday. He is successfully progressed to the second round of the prestigious tournament along with World No. 2 Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Former World No. 1 tennis legend Djokovic booked his place in the second encounter after defeating talented player Matteo Berrettini of Italy by 6-2, 6-1 verdict in the campaign opener. The Serb took just 64 minutes of action to topple the Italian opponent in the enthralling battle.

Second-ranked Novak Djokovic will next face Austrian opponent Dominic Thiem who beat World No. 3 tennis star Roger Federer in the entertaining opener of ATP Finals 2019. Thiem took 100 minutes to topple Swiss veteran Federer by 7-5, 7-5 scoreline in the nail-biting clash.