'Rafael Nadal lost crucial points against..,' Carlos Moya recalls

“Rafael Nadal lost crucial points against…” recalled Carlos Moya

Rafael Nadal is yet to win the ATP Finals crown, has lost a few finals and missed many editions of the premium ATP event. Rafa did not play in Turin a year ago due to injury and will have another opportunity to chase the remarkable title in November.

Nadal reached his first ATP Finals semi-final since 2015 two years ago, playing well and hoping to go all the way. The Spaniard played well against Daniil Medvedev and extended a 6-3, 5-4 lead in the semifinals that served to win Game ten.

Instead of moving forward, Nadal got broken at a crucial moment. He kept the opponent alive and endured a tough 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 loss. Earlier, Rafa lost another close clash to Dominic Thiem in the round-robin stage, falling 7-6, 7-6 despite having chances in both sets.

Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya said it’s a pity Nadal couldn’t fight for the London title after losing crucial points against Thiem and Medvedev.

Rafael Nadal lost close encounters against Thiem and Medvedev in London in 2020.

The Austrian claimed his sixth win over the Spaniard after a thrilling triumph in two hours and 25 minutes.

As in January in Melbourne, Thiem won the decisive points against Nadal and took the lead. The Austrian fended off two set points in the first set and erased a break deficit in the second to prevail in straight sets and become the seventh player with six wins over the 20-time Major champion!

There were only two breaks in games seven and eight of the second set. The rivals went head to head and delivered excellent tennis worthy of the title fight. Nadal toppled Tsitsipas in the final round robin match to advance to the semifinals and was in control against Medvedev before losing in three sets.

“The ATP Finals was a shame as I think Rafa had chances to reach the final and fight for the title. Those tense moments usually work in his favor. Still, against Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem it wasn’t the one Case.

At a fast paced place like London, things move quickly and two or three key moments will determine the winner among high-level rivals. You need to stay focused and grab those crucial points as they will likely determine the winner.

Usually Rafa resolves this kind of situation in his favor but we have to give credit to Thiem and Medvedev. Both played at a high level when it mattered. They won the crucial points against Rafa and became deserved winners,” said Carlos Moya.

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