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Defending champ Zverev beats Rafa


Defending champion Alexander Zverev pulled off another big win at the ATP Finals, beating top-ranked Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-4, on Monday for his first career victory over the Spaniard.

Nadal had a 5-0 record against Zverev but had an uncharacte­ristically mistake-filled performanc­e at the O2 Arena.

In his first match since pulling out of the Paris Masters semifinals with an abdominal injury just nine days ago, Nadal dropped his serve three straight times, didn’t force a single break point, and his normally powerful forehand was responsibl­e for more than four times as many unforced errors (13) as winners (3).

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