Nadal Failed Advanced To Semifinal Barclay ATP World Tour Finals

Rafael Nadal at BATP WTF 2011

Rafael Nadal opportunity to perform at Barclays ATP World Tour semi-final in 2011 had foundered. In the last match in Group B last night, the second ranked tennis player, was defeated by Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-3. The match was held tough, ended after 2 hours and 40 minutes.

The 26-year-old Tsonga, who is appearing at the year-end championship for the first time in three years, hit 11 aces, 46 winners and almost as many unforced errors, 45. It was his third win in nine meetings against Nadal, who won three of 12 net points and committed 24 unforced errors.

“Tonight I just played well, amazing tennis,” said Tsonga. “I don’t know if Rafa played really well. But, anyway, he fought to come back. This is what champions do every time. I was really aggressive. I had a good percentage of winners. I put a lot of pressure on him today.”

Tsonga improved to a 54-23 match record on the season, highlighted by two ATP World Tour indoors titles at the Moselle Open in Metz (d. Ljubicic) and the Erste Bank Open in Vienna (d. del Potro). He has now advanced to his 10th semi-final of the year.

Nadal, who dropped to 19-9 in tie-breaks and to 16-11 versus Top 10 opponents, finished Group B with a 1-2 record. He lost to Federer 6-3, 6-0 on Tuesday and beat Mardy Fish 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(3) on Sunday, saving eight of 11 break points.

“I think I didn’t play well tonight,” lamented Nadal. “The first two sets I didn’t play bad, but I didn’t play well, and to win these kind of matches you have to play well. I played without anything special tonight. If the two first sets weren’t good, the third was a disaster. That’s the truth. He’s a dangerous player. For sure it is not easy to play against him, big serve, aggressive player. To play against these kind of players, you have to do something else more, and I didn’t.”

The World No. 2 finishes the 2011 season with a 67-15 match record, which includes three clay-court titles at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (d. Ferrer both times) and Roland Garros (d. Federer).

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