Rafael Nadal left the 2022 Masters on Thursday in Turin on a success after two defeats which eliminated him from the rest of the competition. The Spaniard, 2nd in the ATP ranking and 1st seed, won against Casper Ruud (ATP 4 / N.3) 7-5 and 7-5 in 1h42 of play.
The Norwegian was guaranteed to finish first in the green group and play the semi-finals after his victories against Felix Auger-Aliassime on Sunday and Taylor Fritz on Tuesday.
The first player to have won 22 Grand Slam tournaments, including the Australian Open and Roland-Garros this year, was playing this Masters tournament at the age of 36 for the 11th time in his career. The Masters is the only major tournament missing from Nadal’s impressive career.
The second place of semi-finalist devolved to the green group will be awarded in the evening to the winner of the Canadian-American duel between Auger-Aliassime (ATP 6 / N.5) and Fritz (ATP 9 / N.8) who both beat Nadal . The winner will have to do battle with the five-time winner of the tournament Novak Djokovic.
The 35-year-old Serbian (ATP 8 / N.7) is indeed guaranteed to finish first in the red group after his convincing successes at the expense of the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 3 / N.2) and the Russian Andery Rublev (ATP 7 / N.6). Like Nadal-Ruud, Djokovic-Daniil Medvedev (eliminated after two defeats) will not be of particular interest on Friday. On the other hand, the winner of Tsitsipas-Rublev will have the last sesame of the final square and will face Ruud with the stake of a ticket for the final of this tournament endowed with 14.75 million dollars.
The final winner will be awarded a check for $2,200,400 to which bonuses will be added for each victory. If Djokovic or Ruud were to lift the trophy on Sunday without losing a game, they would pocket an overall bonus of $4,740,300. For comparison, the French Caroline Garcia, who won the Women’s Masters in early November in Fort Worth, left Texas with 1.6 million dollars.