ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev denies using his phone during match

Rafael Nadal triumphed in the US Open final rematch

Rafael Nadal triumphed in the US Open final rematch

In a rematch of their marathon US Open final in September which Nadal won in five sets, the Spaniard looked on the brink of elimination as Medvedev broke his serve twice at the start of the third set. Nadal said. "Is [this] a serious question or it's a joke?"

The world number one has qualified 15 straight times for the ATP Finals but has never clinched the title, won a record six times by Roger Federer and five times by Novak Djokovic, who is battling Nadal for the number one ranking.

"Tonight you were playing short many times. I'm going to try to give my soul, and I think it's also a very good challenge for me in order to prepare for more hard matches in the semi-finals", he said.

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Nadal had just lost to the German in straight sets in his opening group match on Monday when the Italian journalist Ubaldo Scanagatta made the odd accusation.

But the Russian raced out to a 4-0 lead in the third set and had two more break points in the next game.

"I played a great point, and then I was able to save that game".

The match went to a tie-break and Medvedev was first to falter, hitting a regulation forehand wide to hand Nadal two match points and he grabbed the opportunity. I don't know what it was. I need to be there.

Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal congratulate and console following their match in London.

Alexander Zverev gave a defiant defence of his conduct on Wednesday night after allegations emerged that he was using his phone on court during his Nitto ATP Finals defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas.

This marks the first time in his career that Nadal was victorious in the ATP Finals.

But he insisted he feels fine physically, and is gradually finding his best game after an error-filled performance against Zverev. And then of course he made couple of mistakes, no? In general terms, I played much better than two days ago [against Alexander Zverev] so that's a positive thing for me.

Group Bjorn Bjorg wraps up Thursday, highlighted by the match between second-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic (1-1) and third-seeded Swiss Roger Federer (1-1), with the victor advancing to the semifinals.

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