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ATP Finals: Dominic Thiem defeats 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal

World number three Thiem of Austria clinched a 7-6, 7-6 victory over world number two Spaniard Nadal.

In tennis, Dominic Thiem defeated 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets at the ATP Finals in London yesterday.

World number three Thiem of Austria clinched a 7-6, 7-6 victory over world number two Spaniard Nadal.

Earlier, Thiem had beaten reigning champion Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in his opening round-robin match and will qualify for the semi-finals if Tsitsipas beats Andrey Rublev later.

Nadal, who beat Rublev in their opener, missed a chance to qualify with a match to spare and next will play Tsitsipas on Thursday with a semifinal place at stake.

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