Nadal outlasts Tsitsipas, must wait for semi-final spot

Nadal outlasts Tsitsipas, must wait for semi-final spot

Rafael Nadal celebrates victory against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas during their men's singles round-robin match on day six of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London. AFP

For the second time in three days Rafael Nadal fought off one of the game's rising powers, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5 to stay alive at the ATP Finals on Friday.

However, the 33-year-old Spaniard will not know until later on Friday whether his Herculean effort was in vain.

The world number one needs Russian Daniil Medvedev, who can no longer reach the last four, to beat Germany's Alexander Zverev in the concluding round-robin match to secure top spot in the group and a semi-final clash with Swiss rival Roger Federer.

Should Zverev win, Nadal will finish third in the group despite having two round-robin wins with Tsitsipas finishing top and going on to play Federer.