Defending champ Zverev beats Nadal

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LONDON (AP) Defending champion Alexander Zverev pulled off another big win at the ATP Finals, beating top-ranked Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4 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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2019 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 R. Nadal 9,585
2 N. Djokovic 8,945
3 R. Federer 6,190
4 D. Medvedev 5,705
5 D. Thiem 5,025
6 S. Tsitsipas 4,000
7 A. Zverev 2,945
8 M. Berrettini 2,670
9 R. Bautista Agut 2,540
10 G. Monfils 2,530
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Rank Player Points
1 A. Barty 7,851
2 K. Pliskova 5,940
3 N. Osaka 5,496
4 S. Halep 5,462
5 B. Andreescu 5,192
6 E. Svitolina 5,075
7 P. Kvitova 4,776
8 B. Bencic 4,685
9 K. Bertens 4,245
10 S. Williams 3,935
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