Rafael Nadal loses to Taylor Fritz in the ATP Finals 2022 in Turin.
Rafael Nadal’s latest bid to win his first ATP Finals title began with a loss to American eighth seed Taylor Fritz.
The 36-year-old Spaniard, who finished second in 2010 and 2013, was defeated 7-6 (7-3) 6-1.
Fritz is making his season-ending debut, and his relentless returning proved too much for Nadal.
In the same group, Norwegian third seed Casper Ruud won 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 against Canada’s seventh seed Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The Turin tournament features eight of the season’s best men’s players divided into two groups of four, with the top two qualifying for the semi-finals.
Spain’s world number one, Carlos Alcaraz, withdrew due to injury, so first alternate Fritz took his place.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic begins his bid for a sixth title against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday, while Daniil Medvedev faces fellow Russian Andrey Rublev in the other match.
Switzerland captures the BJK Cup for the first time.
While no British players are competing in the singles event, three men from the country are competing in the doubles.
On the first day, former world number one Joe Salisbury, seeded second with American Rajeev Ram, defeated seventh seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 10-8.
Lloyd Glasspool and his Finnish partner Harri Heliovaara are making their tournament debut, and the sixth seeds won their first match 7-5 7-6 (7-3) over Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer.
Neal Skupski, a member of the world’s best team this year, will play on Monday.
Skupski and Dutch partner Wes Koolhof have won seven titles in their first year together, including Masters 1000 victories in Madrid, Montreal, and Paris, and finished 2022 as year-end world number ones.
The pair begin their match in Turin on Monday against Australians Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.