'You don't have to fool yourself' – Nadal accepts Djokovic will win most Grand Slams

Rafael Nadal has conceded that Novak Djokovic is likely to close his career as the most successful men’s Grand Slam singles tennis player of all time.

The Spaniard is currently tied with Djokovic and Roger Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles after the Serbian added three more to his tally in a remarkable 2021.

With both Nadal and Federer increasingly troubled by injury, the 13-time French Open champion believes that it would be foolish to suggest that Djokovic is not most likely of the three to end up with the highest tally.

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“Djokovic is best positioned to be the [men’s] player with the most Grand Slams,” Nadal admitted to Vamos, on Movistar+.

“You don’t have to fool yourself – Federer is where he is and I am where I am. However, Djokovic is playing well and in a good moment.

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“That is the reality and you can’t ignore it. We don’t know what is going to happen in nine months’ time, but he is the favourite right now.”

Nadal won his last Grand Slam at Roland-Garros last year, but has competed at only two majors since.

He was knocked out of the quarter-finals at the 2021 Australian Open by Stefanos Tsitsipas before falling to Djokovic in the semi-finals on the clay at the second Grand Slam of the year.

Federer, meanwhile, last took victory in Australia in 2018.

The 40-year-old underwent season-ending knee surgery in August but hopes to return to the tour in 2022.

The emergence of a ‘Next Generation’ to succeed men’s tennis’ ‘Big Three’ has long been talked about, but players like Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev are yet to replicate the remarkable consistency of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal and the sport’s biggest tournaments.

However Nadal relieves that with he and Federer increasingly absent from week-to-week tour life, the trio form a key part of the “current generation” rather than the future of tennis.

“They are no longer the Next Gen, we do not have to make it eternal.

“Players like Medvedev, Zverev or Tsitsipas have already passed that stage of the Next Gen, they are the current generation, the present.”

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World number one Novak Djokovic helped Serbia to a win over Austria, while Spain and Italy also enjoyed opening wins.

Dusan Lajovic squeezed past Gerald Melzer in a tough tie, winning 7-6(7-5) 3-6 7-5, and then Djokovic faced off against Dennis Novak, winning 6-3 6-2.

The doubles match saw Nikola Cacic and Filip Krajinovic take on Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald with the Serbians winning in three sets.

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The US lost 2-1 to Italy in the countries’ opening Group E match.

The Italian Lorenzo Sonego beat Reilly Opelka in two sets, winning 6-3 7-6(7-4) in the tie’s first match.

The experienced John Isner could do little to hold off another emerging Italian contender, with Jannik Sinner easing past him 6-2 6-0.

In the doubles match, Rajeev Ram and Jack Sock teamed up to down Fabio Fognini and Lorenzo Musetti 7-6(7-5) 6-2 to secure a match.

Spain defeated Ecuador in their tie as late replacement Feliciano Lopez downed Roberto Quiroz 6-3 6-3. That was followed up by a win for Spain as Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Emilio Gomez 5-7 6-3 7-6(7-5).

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“I am very happy because it was an important victory,” Carreno Busta said. “We now lead 2-0 and have the win. It is very important for the confidence and for the rhythm. In the second set and third set I felt more comfortable than in the first set. I had to continue fighting until the end because he played really well.”

Busta and Marcel Granollers would take on Gonzalo Escobar and Diego Hidalgo in the last doubles match of the day.

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'The most important thing is health' – Nadal reacts to Alcaraz's positive Covid-19 test

Rafa Nadal has said the Davis Cup takes a ‘back seat’ following Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz’ positive coronavirus test.

Just 24 hours before their opener against Ecuador in Madrid, Alcaraz returned a positive test, throwing Spanish preparations into disarray.

Reacting to the news, Nadal, a five-time Davis Cup winner with his country took to social media to highlight that the players’ health is more important than the competition.

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“Much encouragement to the entire Spanish team after the news we received today,” he wrote on Twitter. “When something like this happens, the competition takes a backseat.

“The most important thing is health and I hope there are no more cases. A hug to all!”

The 18-year-old, who faces a period of isolation following the positive test, took to Instagram to explain the news followed an official statement from the tournament organisers.

“I’m sad about the way that I miss such an important and super special tournament for me as the Davis Cup,” he wrote.

“I was very excited to be able to play and represent my country here in Madrid in front of my people, but sometimes things don’t happen as one wants and you have to overcome.

“At the moment I am very well, with very mild symptoms and we will see how it progresses.

“A lot of encouragement to the whole team I will be cheering and watching on television. Thank you for all your support.”

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Carlos Alcaraz: 'It has been an incredible year, full of new experiences' – Players’ Voice

The 18-year-old doesn’t want to be compared to anyone, although he positively receives Djokovic’s admiration, the comments on the similarities between his game and Federer’s, and the likeness of his career trajectory to Nadal’s.

In the latest edition of Players’ Voice, Alcaraz shares how his goals remain the same: learning and growing so he can take another step forward in 2022, with the ambition of winning an important ATP title firmly at the forefront of his mind…

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If at the beginning of the year anyone had told me that I would have a season like this one, I would have thought they were crazy. I wouldn’t believe it. It has been an unbelievable year, full of new experiences. Starting with the Australian Open main draw right up until the Next Gen Finals, I’ve had very good times, bad times and lots of moments to learn and grow from.

I’m thankful for everything I have experienced, for example playing against Rafa in Madrid, Zverev in Acapulco, and Medvedev at Wimbledon. These were great moments against great players on big courts, in which maybe you do not play quite as well as you hoped, but these were very good challenges to encounter throughout the year, and I believe I am now more experienced thanks to them. Ultimately, that is why I’ve been able to finish the year in the position I’m now in. It means a lot finishing 2021 by winning the Next Gen Finals; the year has been very long and demanding, so finishing well physically at a high level and still enjoying being on the court definitely means a lot.

The main thing I’ve learned in 2021 is how to regulate myself, to know how to play when I’m nervous so I can control those nerves, and to know how to play against the best players on the Tour. I realised that I could compete with the best and defeat them after the match against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open.

Carlos Alcaraz defeats Stefanos Tsitsipas in five sets in the third round of the US Open, where he went on to reach his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final

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The match against Hugo Gaston at the Paris Masters, with all the stands against me, was very hard. But I know that I have to endure those moments so that when they happen again, I’ll know how to manage them. Now I know that when all the fans are against me, it’s important to not let anything from the outside court affect me. Thinking that no one is there and staying focussed on the match is key.

In 2022 I want to keep growing and gaining experience, but now that I have reached this place in the rankings, I’m able to think more ambitiously. My goal is to finish in the Top 50 once more, but also to win another tournament. I would obviously be very excited if that was a Masters 1000 or a Grand Slam, but maybe winning an ATP 500 would be a good objective.

In terms of comparisons to the Big Three, Nadal, Federer and Djokovic are great athletes – some of the best in our history – and they are also great people. When Djokovic said that what I had achieved was incredible, I was speechless. Afterwards, I sent him a message to thank him for his kind words. From Federer, I can look a little bit like him because of how dynamic I am on the court; playing very aggressive, playing a lot at the net and playing drop shots. He can do anything at any time and that is something I feel I can do as well.

The first time I met Nadal was on the Rafa Nadal Tour (a junior tennis circuit), in a trophy ceremony and I could hardly exchange words with him. But then, the first time I properly talked to him, I saw that he was a great guy and it was very good speaking to him. If you didn’t know who Rafa is through his achievements, you would think that he is just an ordinary person. I think this is what characterises him the most; being very personable, humble and cheerful. My coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero (former world No. 1 and 2003 Roland-Garros champion), who plays a fundamental role in my career, does not like it when I am compared to Rafa. He tries to make me focus on myself, on Carlos Alcaraz, and not trying to be like anyone else. That advice helps me a lot.

Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz meet in the second round of the 2021 Madrid Open for their first head-to-head

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Next up, I will be representing Spain in the Davis Cup Finals which means everything to me; it is incredible. Representing your country in any field or competition is unbelievable. When I was told I was going to be in the team, I couldn’t believe it. It is a childhood dream of mine to be part of the Davis Cup team and I have great memories such as Ferrer’s match against Kohlschreiber in Valencia in 2018; that was crazy. I also have some good memories of the 2019 Davis Cup Finals in Madrid which was spectacular – full of emotions, with Rober (Bautista Agut), who left the tournament midway through because his father passed away, returning before winning his final match. On top of that, with Rafa winning epic singles and doubles matches, it was a spectacular Davis Cup that Spain really deserved to win. I remember screaming when Rafa won that last point in the final against Denis Shapovalov.

Spain become champions in the inaugural Davis Cup Finals

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This edition of the Davis Cup is going to be very exciting. Playing here in Madrid is going to be great, even if I still don’t know if I’m going to play. But I’m passionate about being surrounded with the atmosphere that we are going to have, and to be able to encourage my teammates. We have a great team: Pablo (Carreño Busta), Rober (Bautista Agut), Marcel (Granollers), Feli (López) and me. Obviously Rafa gives a huge advantage, but we have a very good team and even if I do not play, it’s still super exciting because I will be enjoying the Davis Cup atmosphere and learning from my teammates. Rafa will be supporting us for sure, he will probably be sending us messages of encouragement and I’m sure that he would love to be here. Hopefully he will return to the courts very soon and be able to give his 100% in Australia.

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'They're not intimidated anymore' – Djokovic 'vulnerable' to rising stars says Wilander

Novak Djokovic is now ‘vulnerable’ against the group of rising ATP Tour stars, says Eurosport’s Mats Wilander, who believes ‘they are not intimidated anymore’.

There has been a lot of talk around a new ‘big four’ in men’s tennis with the world number one joined by US Open champion Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, who won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and took the ATP Finals title in Turin.

Djokovic, who will be targeting a 21st Grand Slam title in 2022 to move ahead of his long-standing rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, suddenly has a lot more serious competition, according to Wilander.

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“I think the biggest difference is the guys that are coming from behind or that are surrounding Novak, they now have the confidence that they can beat Novak on any surface on any given day,” Wilander told Eurosport.

I think they are not intimidated anymore unless you get to a fourth or fifth set in a Grand Slam.

“But even then, I feel like they have seen Novak most probably have the best year on Tour ever in 2021. Still, at the end of it, he looked a little bit vulnerable at the US Open, at the ATP Finals, and maybe even in the Olympics.

“So maybe the Olympics was a bad idea for Novak. That is why it seemed like he lost a little bit of confidence, lost a little bit of drive. I mean, what an unbelievable year for Novak, and he does not look a day older than 24 years old, not 34.

“The ATP Finals to him is not a Grand Slam. He is clearly aiming at winning Grand Slams, not the ATP Finals, although for his confidence, maybe it was a little bit of a defeat. But yeah, I think it’s two completely different situations.

“I think he was having fun. He is thinking about next year or the year after. It is just pacing himself to enjoy his tennis until it’s over.”

‘We’ll have to wait and see’ – Djokovic still unsure about Australian Open participation

Djokovic has still not revealed his final decision as to whether he is willing to participate at the Australian Open, given the decision taken by Tennis Australia to accept only vaccinated players.

“I think the Australian Open is obviously doing the thing that they have to do and the Australian government has decided this is what is going to happen,” Wilander said.

“I can easily see that some players are not going to get vaccinated and they are not going to go. Is it a big deal? Yeah, it is a big deal for the Australian Open, but it gives opportunities to other players. I don’t know what Novak Djokovic is going to do.

“Is the Australian Open the most important tournament in his career? Well, it is the most successful Grand Slam for him. I’m not sure if it is more important than the French Open or Wimbledon or the US Open, but it is his most successful Slam.

“It would be the most natural place for him to break the tie of 20 Grand Slams with Roger and Rafa. But at the same time, Novak Djokovic, I think, is thinking about his own health.

He’s thinking about the future. He’s thinking long-term, and so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Novak doesn’t go.

“Is it going to hurt the tournament? Yeah, it will hurt the tournament in one way. But at the same time, we have a better chance to see a new Grand Slam champion, so I would not be that concerned.

“I think we’re still in the Covid era, and I think we have to be thankful for any tournament that is being played. Thankful for any professional tennis player that is able to show up, that is healthy, that is willing to live under quarantine rules, sometimes in a bubble.

“It’s been a rough year for players and tournaments and I still think we have to be just appreciative to take whatever we get with players and tournaments.”

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‘I’ve got many happy memories’ – Murray to join Raducanu at Abu Dhabi exhibition event

Andy Murray has been confirmed as the eighth and final player for the 13th Mubadala World Tennis Championship that runs from December 16-18.

Murray, who won the event in 2009 and 2015, joins Emma Raducanu, Belinda Bencic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Denis Shapovalov, Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev in the final line-up for the event.

“I’ve got many happy memories of Abu Dhabi and I’m looking forward to returning.” said Murray.

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With Emma (Raducanu) also playing on day one, we will be flying the flag for British tennis and looking to put on a strong display.

Murray will face Dominic Thiem on December 16, with the winner set to take on Nadal in the semi-final. On the other side of the draw, Andrey Rublev will face the winner of Denis Shapovalov and Casper Ruud. US Open winner Emma Raducanu will play Belinda Bencic, also on December 16, 20:00 local time.

“I’ve never been to Abu Dhabi and can’t wait to go and play in the championship,” she said.

I know the UAE is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the beginning of December, so I’m sure it’s going to be amazing there and I’m excited to experience everything the country has to offer both at the event and culturally.

Raducanu is likely to head from Abu Dhabi to Australia ahead of the first Grand Slam of 2022, which starts on January 17. Prior to competing in Abu Dhabi, Raducanu is playing another exhibition event at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 28.

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'New top four are Djokovic, Medvedev, Zverev and Tsitsipas' – Mischa Zverev

The ‘new top four’ ahead of the 2022 season are Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, according to Eurosport expert Mischa Zverev.

Zverev won the ATP Finals for the second time on Sunday as he defeated Medvedev, the defending champion, in straight sets in Turin. The German came through to win 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 15 minutes to secure a tour-best sixth trophy of the year and end a five-match losing run against his opponent.

It was the world number three’s 59th victory of a highly successful season as he posted a 32-4 record since his Olympic Gold triumph in Tokyo to suggest he will be a major force in 2022, and his brother Mischa believes he is now part of a ‘new top four’.

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“Compared to his last ATP Finals victory in 2018, he plays better, more mature, more intelligent and more complete in the overall package,” Zverev told Eurosport. “He is the best Zverev there has been so far, but he can get even better.

”He has improved his volleys a lot, he also reads the game better, he knows when to attack or retreat. The selection of his strokes has also got better and he’s moving well, very intelligently, at the moment. Against Medvedev, he found an excellent balance and correctly assessed when he needed to move forward and play calmly. There were a lot of tempo changes in the game, but it was all controlled.

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”Don’t forget Tsitsipas, he was unbelievably strong for half the year. I also believe that someone like Rublev can annoy the other players. We also have to wait and see how things go with Nadal in the coming year. Is he coming back or not? How does he play the clay court season?

From my point of view, the new top four are Djokovic, Medvedev, Sascha and Tsitsipas. That’s just my feeling; that can, of course, still change.

“It is mathematically possible to become number one without a Grand Slam title, but it is very unlikely. In the last 20 years, I think only Marcelo Rios has managed to get to the top without a Grand Slam victory.

“There are people who win a Grand Slam but have never won a Masters. You can then say that it was a lucky coup, but if you’ve already won a number of Masters and twice the ATP Finals, then that’s not lucky.

“Sascha is one of the 10 players who have become world champions [ATP Finals] more than once. This list includes players like McEnroe, Borg, Becker and Sampras.

“From a purely statistical point of view, it should be enough for a Grand Slam victory. I don’t want to rely too much on the past, but rather see how Sascha can develop further in the future.”

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'It's not going to be shameful' – Medvedev doesn't want pressure of matching Big Three

Daniil Medvedev has said “it’s not going to be shameful” if the next generation of stars are not able to match the career achievements of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, or Rafael Nadal.

The Big Three have all won 20 Grand Slam singles titles in legendary careers with the trio considered amongst the greats of the game for all they have achieved.

But Medvedev does not feel that he and others now challenging Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have to emulate their incredible feats in the sport.

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“When there was [Bjorn] Borg and [John] McEnroe, when they were close, finished their careers, everybody was like, ‘tennis is over, we won’t ever have any great players, it is finished’,” the Russian said.

“We did have some: [Pete] Sampras, [Andre] Agassi, they were at the top. [When] Sampras retired, [people were saying] ‘okay, tennis is over’.

“Then we had Novak, Roger and Rafa. If you asked just before they came, everybody would say, ‘well, tennis will not be interesting anymore’.

“It’s the same here. Tennis is a great sport, so I don’t see why our generation would miss on something.

“Of course, maybe we don’t [win] 20 Grand Slams, yet nobody did before Roger, Rafa and Novak, so they were also worse than them.

It’s definitely not going to be shameful [if we win fewer Grand Slams].

Alexander Zverev won the ATP Finals for the second time as he defeated Medvedev, the defending champion, in straight sets in Turin.

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The German came through to win 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 15 minutes to secure a tour-best sixth trophy of the year and end a five-match losing run against his opponent.

It was the world number three’s 59th match win of a highly successful season as he posted a 32-4 record since his Olympic Gold triumph in Tokyo to suggest he will be a major force in 2022.

The attention will now switch to the 2022 season and the Australian Open in Melbourne in January with a particular focus on whether Djokovic will defend his title.
Djokovic has still not made up his mind as to whether he is willing to participate at the Australian Open, given the decision taken by Tennis Australia to accept only vaccinated players.

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Andy Roddick believes the toughest challenge for Emma Raducanu in 2022 will be the “expectation” on her, as he outlined what he thinks a successful season will be for the British No 1.

Raducanu caused one of the biggest shocks in tennis history in the summer as she came through qualifying to win the US Open without dropping a set.
She has played three tournaments since then and won just two matches. Her last outing at the Linz Open saw her lose in the first round to Chinese qualifier Wang Xinyu.

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While Raducanu’s stunning success in New York has seen her touted as a future world No 1 and multiple Grand Slam winner, Roddick next wants to see more consistency on a week-to-week basis.

“The hardest thing in sport in my opinion is expectation,” the former world No 1 told Tennis Channel.

“What she did at the US Open was unbelievable but it was largely without the expectation of ‘if you don’t win this final it’s bad for you’. It was all gravy from the third round on for her, without taking anything from her.

It is a different type of pressure set now … what I want to see is those consistent weeks where she is winning three or four matches every week.

“That would be the next benchmark if I am on her team, getting the consistency dialled in so that our baseline is top 20 in the world and our upper echelon is what you did at the US Open, which we were all amazed by.”

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Raducanu will round off her 2021 season by competing at the Champions Tennis event at the Royal Albert Hall from November 25. She will head to the exhibition event with new coach Torben Beltz in her box for the first time.

Former world No 1 Jim Courier thinks Raducanu has the quality to challenge for more silverware next season.

“Who’s to say she won’t make a deep run? I could easily see a semi-final and maybe further next year, but I think the semis is a good benchmark if I am on her team to target.”

Roddick on Grand Slam race

Roddick also spoke about the battle between Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to win the most Grand Slam titles.

All three are currently tied on 20 majors but Djokovic and Nadal could soon move ahead with Federer seemingly out of action for most of next season. The next chance to win No 21 will be at the Australian Open in January, although Djokovic is still uncertain if he will travel to Melbourne as players will need to be vaccinated to compete.

“Having seen the toll on the bodies and bodies breaking down, Novak seemingly has the longest runway and has been playing the best consistently for the last five, maybe even 10, years,” said Roddick.

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“And he only got better this year. I don’t think you can say that about Rafa or Roger at this point in their careers.

“Novak still has to be the favourite but this new wrinkle where Rafa comes in and the route to the Australian Open title doesn’t have to go through Novak … I don’t think Rafa is the favourite, regardless if Novak is there or not, but there is a serious wrinkle.

“I don’t think the days of Roger winning Grand Slams are still here. I would love to be proven wrong but that’s a serious uphill battle.”

Djokovic was beaten in the semi-finals of the ATP Finals in three sets by Alexander Zverev on Saturday.

Zverev followed up the result by winning the tournament for the second time with victory over world No 2 Daniil Medvedev in the final.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas was forced to withdraw from the ATP Finals in Turin on Wednesday, citing an elbow injury, and he has spoken of the emotions he is going through as a result.

The Greek world number four having to pull out paved the way for Britain’s Cameron Norrie to make his first appearance at the year-end tournament in his place as the second alternate.
Norrie, who capped a stunning breakthrough year by winning the Indian Wells title last month, lost out to Casper Ruud in Green Group later on Wednesday and will next face world number one Novak Djokovic on Friday.

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The 26-year-old Brit became the second alternate to have to rush to Turin after home favourite Jannik Sinner replaced his Italian compatriot Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday.

Rafael Nadal was ahead of Norrie in the race to Turin rankings but the Spaniard ended his season in August to deal with a foot injury.

“I’ve taken the very difficult decision to retire from the 2021 ATP World Tour Finals due to my elbow injury, which has been bothering me for a couple of weeks now,” Tsitsipas explained in Turin.

“It’s a very difficult decision from my side and I was working really hard this year to get to play the finals and be part of this amazing event, but unfortunately I won’t be able to continue.

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“I’ll be travelling today to see a specialist regarding my elbow, who is going to help me get ready for the new season, the upcoming season in Australia and feel 100 per cent again ready to compete with my highest.

“I think it was important to take that decision and not continue playing with pain and giving the opportunity to someone else who is in better physical condition than I am to potentially maybe make the semi-finals this year.

“I’m not in a state to be out on the court and I much more prefer to give that opportunity to someone else.

I’m heartbroken and I really hope I can get back to playing at 100 per cent again and be in front of my fans and perform at my best.

Highlights: Rublev beats former champion Tsitsipas at ATP Finals

Tsitsipas was considered a fitness doubt in the lead up to the tournament after he was forced to withdraw from the Paris Masters with an elbow problem.

The Greek star decided not to respond to a question posed regarding his fitness in Turin after he suffered a defeat in his opening match against Andrey Rublev.

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