ATP Finals.  Fritz beats Auger-Aliassime and follows Ruud to semifinals

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Taylor Fritz (ATP 9) has qualified for the semifinals of the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy. The American defeated Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime (ATP 6) in three sets on the third and final day in the green group: 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (5/7) and 6-2. The game lasted 2 hours and 47 minutes. Fritz qualifies for the semi-finals thanks to the victory.

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Earlier Thursday, Rafael Nadal (ATP 2) said goodbye to the ATP Finals in the same green group with a victory. The Spaniard defeated the Norwegian Casper Ruud (ATP 4) 7-5 and 7-5 in his last group match. The match lasted an hour and 44 minutes. After previous defeats against Fritz and Auger-Aliassime, Nadal had already been eliminated for a place in the semifinals. Ruud, in turn, was already assured of a ticket to the final four after beating Auger-Aliassime and Fritz.

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In the red group, the Serbian Novak Djokovic (ATP 8), after victories against the Russian Andrey Rublev (ATP 7) and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 3), is already certain of a place in the semifinals. Rublev and Tsitsipas will face each other on Friday in a direct duel for the second ticket for the last four. It is over for the Russian Daniil Medvedev (ATP 5) after two defeats in the red group.

The eight best tennis players of the past season take part in the ATP Finals. The top two of each group qualify for the semi-finals. Germany’s Alexander Zverev (ATP 12) is the defending champion, but he has been sidelined since his retirement in the semifinals of Roland Garros in May with a tear in several ligaments of his right ankle.

Fritz after his victory against the Canadian. © EPA-EFE

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