Defending champ Zverev beats Nadal

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LONDON (AP) After being thoroughly outplayed by defending champion Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals, Rafael Nadal refused to make any excuses.

The top-ranked Spaniard wouldn't blame the abdominal problem that forced him to pull out of the Paris Masters semifinals just nine days earlier, or a hand injury that kept him sidelined before that. And he bristled at the notion that his recent marriage could be a factor in a sub-par performance.

Something was clearly off for Nadal, though, who lost 6-2, 6-4 to a player he had a perfect 5-0 record against before Monday's match at the O2 Arena.

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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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2019 WTA Rankings
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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