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TennisBalls • RAFA Nadal, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, And Zverev Make For Interesting Group A At Nitto ATP Finals

By Ricky Dimon

As Alexander Zverev noted during Tuesday’s Nitto ATP Finals draw ceremony, Group Andre Agassi is Rafael Nadal and the young guys. Nadal has at least a 10-year age cushion on everyone else and has six more year-end championship appearances than the other three competitors combined (eight to two).

It is Zverev, however, who owns more titles at this prestigious tournament (one) than the other three combined (zero). So it’s not like Nadal is an obvious favorite to win the group–certainly not based on the fact that he withdrew from a Paris Masters semifinal last week due to an abdominal injury. This should be pretty wide open between Nadal, Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Get your popcorn ready because it’s going to be a lot of fun, too (Medvedev vs. Tsitsipas? Yes, please!).

Let’s crunch the Group A numbers prior its Monday start inside the O2 Arena.

2019 statistics:

Rafael Nadal
Record: 51-6
Record since the U.S. Open: 4-0
Titles: 4 (2 slams, 2 Masters)

Daniil Medvedev
Record: 59-18
Record since the U.S. Open: 9-1
Titles: 4 (2 Masters)

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Record: 50-24
Record since the U.S. Open: 13-5
Titles: 2

Alexander ZverevRecord: 42-23
Record since the U.S. Open: 9-5
Titles: 1

Lifetime records against group opponents:

Rafael Nadal
vs. Daniil Medvedev: 2-0
vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas: 4-1
vs. Alexander Zverev: 5-0
Combined: 11-1

Daniil Medvedev
vs. Rafael Nadal: 0-2
vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas: 5-0
vs. Alexander Zverev: 1-4
Combined: 5-6

Stefanos Tsitsipas
vs. Rafael Nadal: 1-4
vs. Daniil Medvedev: 0-5
vs. Alexander Zverev: 3-1
Combined: 10-24

Alexander Zverev
vs. Rafael Nadal: 0-5
vs. Daniil Medvedev: 4-1
vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas: 1-3
Combined: 5-9

Lifetime records at the year-end championship:

Rafael Nadal: 16-13
Daniil Medvedev: 0-0
Stefanos Tsitsipas: 0-0
Alexander Zverev: 5-3 (1 title)

Ricky contributes to 10sballs.com and also maintains his own tennis website, The Grandstand. You can follow him on twitter at @Dimonator.

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