ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal defeated by Felix Auger-Aliassime in Turin

Rafael Nadal has won the French Open and the Australian Open this year

Rafael Nadal’s hopes of a first ATP Finals title were dashed when he was defeated 6-3, 6-4 by Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The loss against the Canadian follows an opening loss to American Taylor Fritz in Turin.

The 36-year-old Spaniard must win the year-end title to end 2022 as world number one.

Winning against Norway’s Casper Ruud in their last Green Group match may not be enough to keep their hopes alive.

Ruud, who has already beaten Auger-Aliassime, only needs to win a set against Fritz later on Tuesday to eliminate Nadal.

An early departure for Nadal would mean his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, 19, who won the US Open in Septemberhe would end the year as number one in the world.

“I mean, I don’t think I forget how to play tennis, how to be mentally strong enough,” Nadal said.

“I just need to get back all these positive feelings and all this confidence and all this strong mentality that I need to be at the level that I want to be.

“I don’t know if I’m going to get to that level again. But what I have no doubt about [about]I’m going to die for it.”

Nadal has now lost four matches in a row, going back to the US Open.

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