'I should have done better vs. Rafael Nadal,' Daniil Medvedev says

“I should have done better against Rafael Nadal,” says Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev will lose his no. 1st place after the US Open, steps down from the ATP throne after 16 weeks. The defending US Open champion suffered a four-set loss to Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round, dropping too many points and falling from the lead.

After the match, Medvedev admitted he didn’t have a great season at majors after the Australian Open, losing in the fourth round in Paris and New York. Daniil was unable to play at Wimbledon and he knows he needs to win more points to be in contention for victory.

1 place again in the future. The Russian had a great opportunity to capture his second straight Major crown at the Australian Open. Medvedev led 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 against Rafael Nadal in the title fight but failed to make an extra step and lift the trophy.

Nadal made one of his biggest comebacks, securing a 2.6 6-7 6-4 6-4 7-5 triumph for a record-breaking 21st Major title in five hours and 24 minutes. Nadal was almost done and dusted when he hit those three break points in the sixth game of the third set.

He overcame them and received a massive boost that allowed him to increase his level. Nadal clinched the third set after breaking the opponent down the line with a backhand in game 9, building an early advantage in the fourth.

Rafa held at love in game ten to end the set and force a decision after four hours and 12 minutes.

Daniil Medvedev lost a massive advantage against Rafael Nadal in Melbourne.

The Spaniard pressed hard, placing a forehand down the line in game five to open a 3-2 gap and take a significant step towards the finish line.

Nadal survived a massive scare in game six after fending off three break points that kept him in the lead. The Spaniard secured a 5-3 lead in game eight and put a hand on the trophy. Medvedev made one final nudge and broke 5-5 in game ten, extending his chances and fighting like a lion despite squandering a colossal advantage.

Rafa stayed composed and capitalized on his vast experience, taking the third break chance in game 11 and sealing the deal with his serve a few minutes later for the record-breaking 21st Major crown. “I don’t know where I will be after the US Open, probably third or fourth.

I think Carlos Alcaraz will overtake me. But that’s the motivation to try to do better. I wasn’t good enough in the majors this year. I had my chance in Australia against Rafael Nadal but didn’t take it. Also, I skipped Wimbledon and I’m aware that I need to win more points to reclaim the ATP throne,” said Daniil Medvedev.

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