'Rafael Nadal beat me, and I felt..,' Daniil Medvedev recalls

“Rafael Nadal beat me and I felt…” recalled Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev made his debut at the ATP Finals in 2019 and lost all three matches despite a great effort. The Russian had a great chance to achieve at least one triumph in London, and one notable one. He gained a 5-1 lead in the decider against world No. 1.

1 Rafael Nadal and wasted a match point in the seventh game. After a rollercoaster ride, Nadal overcame a deficit to prevail 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 in two hours and 46 minutes to earn his second thrilling victory over Medvedev in two months.

Speaking about the game, Daniil said he was disappointed for a week or two. He tried to make positive notes and improve his game ahead of the notable encounters that followed. It was their third meeting and the third triumph for Rafa, who picked up three points more than his rival and grabbed the crucial break in the decider at 4-5 before winning the tie-break.

World No. 1 fended off four of six break chances and earned four breaks from nine opportunities to fend off a match point and emerge in front. Rafa had 26 winners and 27 unforced errors, improving his level significantly compared to that first clash against Zverev.

The 19-time Major champion overpowered Daniil in midfield, offsetting the Russian’s 41 winners and 40 errors and delivering the year-end 200 key points. 1 fight with Novak Djokovic.

Daniil Medvedev gave away a 5-1 lead and a match point against Rafael Nadal in London.

The Spaniard saved a break chance in the seventh game of the opener to set a tiebreak.

Daniil maintained it 7-3 with a service winner to work out the advantage after 53 minutes. Raising his level, Nadal lost six points on serve in set number two and kept the pressure on Medvedev. Rafa grabbed a break in the first game after a loose forehand from the Russian.

Nadal delivered good hold after good hold and won another return leg 5-3 to end the set in style and gain momentum ahead of the deciding set. Instead, Daniil earned breaks in games one and three to take a 4-0 lead.

With a boost on his side, he created two more chances on return in the fifth game that could have put him further up the game. Rafa fought these off and found the energy to climb back. He saved a match point with a perfect drop shot at 1-5 and pulled the second break back at 4-5 to prolong the duel and his chances.

There were no mini-breaks in the first nine points of the tiebreak before Rafa scored one in the tenth point when Daniil’s forehand landed long. The Spaniard sealed the deal 6-4 after a backhand error from his rival, celebrating a meaningful win and staying in the semis.

“I’ll be honest. I was disappointed in that game for about a week or two. If I had won that one, I would have had chances to qualify for the semi-finals. A win against Rafa would have boosted my confidence a lot, but this one. ” Things happen.

I should learn from it and on the other hand I should put it behind me because this is a match I should have won. Nothing seemed oppressed; I knew I had to keep working and thinking about the future. I try not to think too much about the past, just the present and the future,” said Daniil Medvedev.

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