'Rafael Nadal almost won the title in 2020,' says Carlos Moya

“Rafael Nadal almost won the title in 2020,” says Carlos Moya

Rafael Nadal has won almost every major title in our sport. The Spaniard is missing the ATP Finals trophy, which he has been chasing since 2006 but never goes all the way. Rafa lost the London finals to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in 2010 and 2013, with a few more semifinal appearances.

Nadal has qualified for the ATP Finals for the 17th time and will debut in Turin in November. Discussing Rafa’s journey to the ATP Finals, his coach Carlos Moya stated that he is close to the title in 2020, feels good on the pitch and is banging on beating Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals.

Rafa led 6-3, 5-4 against Daniil and had a chance to seal the deal with his serve in game ten. Instead, Medvedev broke back and scored a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 win in two hours and 35 minutes for a spot in the title shot! Daniil fired 42 winners and 29 unforced errors, leaving Rafa on a 22-30 ratio.

The Russian developed an advantage in the most advanced rallies, saving his best tennis for the last four games to stay on the title course. Nadal fended off three break points in game three of the opener to avoid an early setback.

Daniil secured the result for the third time in game six, doing his best to stay in touch with the Spaniard from the baseline. Medvedev lost ground 3-4, spraying a forehand error to suffer a break on serve. Rafa won a boost and secured the set on his serve in the next.

Daniil was the more aggressive player in set number two, hitting 21 winners and ten unforced errors to open a 4-1 gap. The younger rival won 12 of the opening 13 points, earning a break in game two after the Spaniard’s double fault.

Carlos Moya shared his thoughts on Rafael Nadal’s ATP Finals run.

Medvedev landed an ace in game five and created a break chance in the next game that could have pushed him further ahead. Nadal saved it and pulled the break back with a forehand winner in game seven to reduce the deficit.

Rafa held at 15 to level the score at 4-4, earning another break in game 9 to win four straight games and serve at 5-4 for the win. Rather than bringing the encounter home in an hour and a half, the Spaniard suffered a costly love break to keep Medvedev in contention.

The Russian gained a boost and secured a 7-4 tiebreak to force a decision. A smash winner gave Daniil a break at 3-3 to give him momentum. A few minutes later he cemented the lead with a solid forehand attack. Medvedev produced the second leg back at 5-3 to break Nadal’s resistance and advance into the title fight.

“It would be good if Rafa could win the ATP Finals. He almost fought for the title in 2020, losing to Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals. Rafa served in the second set 5-4 for the win and it was.” was the best chance he ever had because of how he played and how he felt on the pitch. It would be wonderful if he could win it this year,” said Carlos Moya.

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