Like Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev defeated each Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal this week to succeed in the ultimate. This can be a wierd, distinctive 12 months, however this appears like a major second.
Daniil Medvedev reaches the ultimate with a 3-6 7-6(4) 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal
Over an hour after Nadal served for the match at 6-3 *5-4, Medvedev recovers to drag off one of many largest wins of his profession. He’ll face Dominic Thiem within the ultimate.
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Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-7(4) *3-5 Daniil Medvedev
One other nice maintain for Medvedev. He opened with two unreturned serves to succeed in 30-15, then Nadal netted a backhand. On recreation level, Medvedev unloaded on an enormous profitable forehand down-the-line to maneuver to inside a recreation of the ultimate.
Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-7(4) 3-4* Daniil Medvedev
After ample effort and three break factors, Medvedev breaks. At 30-40, Nadal saved the primary break level with a cool ace down the T. He moved as much as recreation level, however was dragged again to interrupt level after consecutive Medvedev passing shot winners. Nadal saved the second break level with a vicious profitable crosscourt forehand.
Nevertheless, on the third break level Medvedev broke the monotony of a protracted alternate by sneaking into the web and finally nailing his overhead.
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Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-7(4) *3-3 Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev was pulled again to deuce from 40-15 after a vicious, profitable Nadal inside-out forehand scuppered the primary break level after which Medvedev missed a lob on the second. The hazard didn’t final lengthy. At deuce, Nadal netted a forehand after which Medvedev slammed down an unreturned serve to carry.
Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-7(4) 3-2* Daniil Medvedev
Nadal holds serve but it surely was an excellent recreation from each with a sequence of assorted factors with a lot thought into each shot. From 15-30, Nadal pulled off a profitable serve and volley. At 30-30, an infinite rally adopted as Nadal threw in a sequence of slice backhands earlier than unloading on an infinite backhand down-the-line. Medvedev swatted the sport level away with a improbable backhand down-the-line return winner as Nadal tried to serve and volley.
At deuce, Nadal modified issues up with a profitable backhand drop shot. He completed with an unreturned serve.
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Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-7(4) *2-2 Daniil Medvedev
One other maintain on the board for Medvedev, this time to 30. Medvedev netted a forehand to drag Nadal again into 30-30. A protracted rally ensued on Medvedev’s second serve, which Nadal ended when he tried to unload on a forehand down-the-line and despatched his strike nicely extensive. Medvedev completed with an unreturned serve.
Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-7(4) 2-1* Daniil Medvedev
Nadal retains himself forward with an authoritative maintain to 30. At 30-15, he drew out one other Medvedev error with a sequence of backhand slices, then he sealed the maintain with an enormous unreturned serve.
Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-7(4) *1-1 Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev breezes by means of his opening service recreation with a fast maintain to like. He opened with a straightforward overhead winner behind an enormous serve, slammed down an unreturned serve at 30-0 and closed it off with assist from a Nadal forehand error.
Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-7(4) 1-0* Daniil Medvedev
Good work from Nadal to clear his first hurdle within the ultimate set, saving break level with an enormous serve-forehand mixture. From deuce, he discovered two consecutive large serves to carry. Good serving.
That was an astonishing effort from Medvedev, who regarded down and out as Nadal served for the match at 6-3 *5-4. Medvedev responded with a high quality sequence of returns, breaking Nadal’s serve to like. We all know that Medvedev is extraordinarily clever and he’s very, excellent, however it’s also good to see him as soon as extra exhibit his combating spirit in an necessary match. Now it’s time for Nadal to regroup.
Daniil Medvedev pulls stage with Rafael Nadal at 3-6, 7-6(4)
An unbelievable slice of luck proved to be the distinction at 4-3 as Medvedev guessed accurately on an enormous Nadal forehand after which shanked a lob over Nadal’s head in response. Medvedev adopted it up with an unreturned serve at 5-3 to succeed in triple set level.
On the second set level, he closed it off by demolishing an unbelievable profitable backhand down-the-line after a protracted level. We’re off to a 3rd set.
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Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-6 (4-2) Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev leads by one mini-break as they modify ends. At 1-1, Medvedev ended a shocking rally with an enormous inside out forehand winner after flipping defence into offence. Medvedev adopted it up with an ace to maneuver up 3-1. Then he crushed a wonderful leaping crosscourt backhand, forcing a Nadal forehand error. Nadal pegged one level again with a point-ending overhead.
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Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-6 Daniil Medvedev
Nadal will get himself again on monitor with some nice serving. From 0-15, he produced a serve-forehand 1-2 punch, then he landed an overhead winner behind an enormous serve. At 30-15, he landed an enormous unreturned serve. Medvedev despatched a backhand into the web at 40-15. We’re off to a tiebreak.
Rafael Nadal 6-3 *5-6 Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev restores his lead with a fast maintain to fifteen. After some nice serving, he completed with a pleasant serve and volley.
Rafael Nadal 6-3 5-5* Daniil Medvedev
That was a tricky service recreation from Nadal, who misplaced his serve to like with a forehand shank on recreation level.
Nonetheless, good work from Medvedev. Below immense stress, he landed each return and put Nadal underneath stress with suffocating depth the entire time.
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Rafael Nadal 6-3 *5-4 Daniil Medvedev
Oh how the tables have turned. Nadal wins his fourth recreation in a row and, out of nowhere, he’ll serve for the match! Nadal drew a backhand error from Medvedev at 15-30 with a depraved, low slice. At 30-30, Medvedev handed over one other backhand error to carry up break level. Nadal dismounted with a tricky of genius, lifting an unbelievable backhand lob over Medvedev’s head.
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Rafael Nadal 6-3 4-4* Daniil Medvedev
From *1-4 30-40, Nadal pulls stage at 4-4 with an important maintain to fifteen. Nadal produced two unreturned serves and a few vicious forehands that compelled Medvedev errors. Simply what Nadal wanted.
Rafael Nadal 6-3 *3-4 Daniil Medvedev
It regarded like Medvedev was heading to a maintain after nailing two unreturned serves from 15-30 down, As an alternative, Nadal pulled him again to deuce with a damaging crosscourt backhand winner after a protracted, excessive octane level. Nadal reached break level by simply doing sufficient along with his backhand slice after a Medvedev drop shot.
Medvedev saved the break level with an ace, however Nadal instantly generated a second with an overhead winner after crunching a sequence of forehands. On the second break level, Nadal nailed a spectacular angled forehand passing shot winner. All of the sudden, we’re again on serve.
Rafael Nadal 6-3 2-4* Daniil Medvedev
A superb maintain from Nadal, who needed to save a break level after opening the sport with some sloppy errors. From 30-40, he saved the break level by drilling a profitable backhand down-the-line. From deuce, he discovered two large unreturned serves to maintain himself within the set.
Rafael Nadal 6-3 *1-4 Daniil Medvedev
An incredible service recreation by Medvedev to retain his break. From 15-15, he crushed a backhand down-the-line winner, confidently navigated the web earlier than ending with a backhand drive volley winner at 30-15 after which he slammed down an ace at 40-15.
Medvedev has nonetheless misplaced just one level on his serve on this set.
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Rafael Nadal 6-3 1-3* Daniil Medvedev
Nadal items collectively his best service recreation of the day when he wanted it, breezing by means of a fast maintain to like.
Rafael Nadal 6-3 *0-3 Daniil Medvedev
Within the blink of a watch, the momentum has shifted. Medvedev strolled by means of a second love maintain in a row, this time closing it off with a beautiful drop volley after some nice serving.
Rafael Nadal 6-3 0-2* Daniil Medvedev
It’s truthful to say that Medvedev has certainly regrouped. He opened the return recreation with some unbelievable defence, nailing an angled backhand passing shot earlier than sweeping up the following forehand. At 15-15, he nailed a backhand crosscourt winner.
Then Nadal did the remainder. After a forehand error at 15-30, Nadal then double faulted on the primary break level. An unpleasant ending.
Rafael Nadal 6-3 *0-1 Daniil Medvedev
With 4/4 first serves and loads of free factors, Medvedev breezes by means of a straightforward maintain to like.
Precisely what he wanted. Medvedev was taking part in extraordinarily nicely and he had really landed 16/16 first serves till his first serve went lacking at 4-3. That is no disaster. He simply must regroup.
Rafael Nadal takes the primary set 6-3 on Daniil Medvedev
After a difficult begin, Nadal soared within the second half of the set to shut it off with three video games in a row. From 15-30 down, Nadal discovered an unreturned second serve, then a profitable serve and volley at 30-30. On the primary set level, he nailed an excellent forehand down-the-line passing shot.
Nadal nonetheless isn’t serving nice – he completed with 42% first serves in – but it surely was ok.
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Nadal backhand spins
At the moment: 27% topspin and 73% slice
Remainder of match: 74% topspin, 26% slice
Rafael Nadal *5-3 Daniil Medvedev
In any case of his earlier battles, it’s Nadal who makes the primary transfer, breaking Medvedev’s serve to love. Nadal opened with a vicious down-the-line forehand to maneuver up 0-15 and set the tone. At 0-30, Nadal confirmed astonishing footwork, sweeping across the ball and unloading on an infinite inside out forehand winner.
The primary break level produced a protracted, exhausting rally with Medvedev on the entrance foot as Nadal tried to attract out an error with a sequence of backhand slices. Finally, Medvedev moved ahead on a brief ball however despatched his forehand lengthy.
After opening the match with some super serving, Medvedev missed all 4 first serves and he was punished for it.
Rafael Nadal 4-3* Daniil Medvedev
A a lot less complicated maintain for Nadal to retain his slim lead. At 30-15, Nadal as soon as once more drew out a netted backhand error from Medvedev with a low backhand slice. Medvedev scuppered the primary recreation level by chasing down an honest Nadal slice and sweeping it away along with his forehand. On the second recreation level, Nadal dragged Medvedev extensive with a sequence of typical crosscourt forehands, finally drawing an error.
Rafael Nadal *3-3 Daniil Medvedev
An unreturned serve and two aces from Medvedev en-route to a fast maintain to fifteen. That is all very straightforward on his serve up to now.
We now have already seen a few serve and volley makes an attempt from Nadal and, given Medvedev’s deep return place, we are going to see extra.
He’s unsurprisingly making an attempt to combine up his pictures as a lot as potential and significantly to show Medvedev’s flat strokes along with his low, biting slice. Only a few too many errors early on from Nadal.
Rafael Nadal 3-2* Daniil Medvedev
Nadal as soon as once more left himself with some work to do, this time falling down 15-30. He dealt with it nicely as soon as once more, forcing a forehand error from Medvedev after a tricky, bodily level at 15-30. At 30-30, he switched issues up with a serve and volley try, ending with a beautiful backhand drop volley. One additional Medvedev forehand error on recreation level sealed the maintain.
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Rafael Nadal *2-2 Daniil Medvedev
No such issues for Medvedev on serve. He breezed by means of a fast maintain to 30, slamming down a serve-forehand mixture at 15-15 after which a really good drop shot winner at 30-15. On his second recreation level, he slammed down an unreturned serve.
Rafael Nadal 2-1* Daniil Medvedev
A very good maintain from Nadal, who saves three break factors in a reasonably lengthy deuce recreation. After a number of sloppy errors from Nadal at deuce to carry up the break factors, Nadal saved the primary break level because of a Medvedev backhand error. On Medvedev’s second and third break factors, Nadal discovered two large unreturned serves.
At deuce, Nadal switched issues up, taking part in an important drop shot-lob mixture earlier than crushing a forehand down-the-line. He completed with one other unreturned serve. Good work.
Rafael Nadal *1-1 Daniil Medvedev
An excellent begin from Medvedev, too. He opened his first service recreation with two brutal backhand winners, one crosscourt and one down-the-line. He reached 40-0 with an ace, then he closed it out with one other vicious backhand down-the-line, forcing a Nadal backhand error. Each males are already dialled in.
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Rafael Nadal 1-0* Daniil Medvedev
A pleasant maintain from Nadal to start. We already acquired a glimpse of what’s going to work for him at this time. After a forehand error the primary level, Nadal responded with a fast serve and volley. We shall be seeing rather more of him on the web.
After being pulled to 30-30, Nadal battered the Medvedev backhand, then swept a beautiful inside out forehand winner. At 40-30, Nadal assorted his groundstrokes with slices, crazy backhands and heavy forehands. Finally, a slice drew a backhand error.
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Q. You go up in opposition to Daniil Medvedev within the semifinals. How a lot would you say he’s improved for the reason that US Open? I do know it’s a unique format, however he appears a totally completely different participant now. Are you aware what to anticipate?
RAFAEL NADAL: Properly, I don’t know if he’s fully completely different participant. I don’t suppose no person is totally completely different participant, no? I believe he’s taking part in nice, however we are able to’t neglect that final 12 months he performed wonderful too. You recognize, he performed the ultimate in Washington, ultimate in Montreal, profitable Cincinnati, ultimate US Open. Then he gained in Shanghai and I believe a pair extra tournaments. So higher than that is very tough, no? He’s taking part in wonderful this 12 months for certain now. He performed semifinals in New York and now profitable in Paris, and profitable two matches right here after all he has loads of confidence and taking part in very, very excessive stage. However we’re within the semifinals of the World Tour Finals so we are able to’t anticipate one other story, no? Taking part in in opposition to one of the best gamers in fine condition. I do know I have to play at my 100% if I need to have probabilities, and that’s what I’m gonna strive.
Q. Your ideas going into the semifinal, and clearly it’s an entire turnaround from final 12 months, however your ideas going into taking part in Rafa within the semis.
DANIIL MEDVEDEV: Yeah, as I all the time say, I take pleasure in taking part in Rafa, Novak, and Roger. They’re idols of me rising up after I first began to be all in favour of tennis. Principally after I began taking part in it, Roger was already there I believe profitable nearly the whole lot. Then Rafa got here to make his marks, after which Novak got here to attempt to disturb them on a regular basis (smiling). So all the time nice to play in opposition to them. Actually wanting ahead to the match. Feeling assured. I believe Rafa can be. Performed an important match yesterday. I would like to indicate my finest tennis to have the chance to win.
Q. You might have type of talked about the match in opposition to Rafa right here final 12 months a few instances. How a lot will you consider that type of within the buildup to tomorrow’s match or under no circumstances?
DANIIL MEDVEDEV: Oh, to be trustworthy, under no circumstances, simply by way of ways for certain perhaps somewhat bit, bear in mind one thing from final 12 months, as a result of really I used to be near profitable it, however a brand new match is a brand new match. It’s one 12 months already. So regardless that everyone knows who’s Rafa, all people adjustments. So I’m certain he modified few small issues in his recreation. I modified mine. So new match isn’t the identical. You recognize, even you possibly can play him — as we are saying, in spherical robin you possibly can play, you possibly can win, after which you possibly can lose within the ultimate, one thing like this. I’m simply searching for tomorrow and never pondering in any respect about final 12 months, as I say, besides some tactical factors of view.
Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev have arrived on-court. We’ll start shortly.
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Listed here are highlights from Dominic Thiem’s earlier win over Novak Djokovic.
And listed below are highlights of final 12 months’s match. It have to be stated that this encounter ought to have restricted relevance from each. Nadal was nonetheless getting again on top of things after fighting harm within the week main as much as the ATP Finals and Medvedev was exhausted after his efforts in his breakthrough season.
Listed here are these antics talked about beneath. Basic.
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Howdy! Welcome to our protection on semi-final day of the ATP Finals from the O2 Area as Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev compete for the second spot in tomorrow’s ultimate.
Earlier at this time, Dominic Thiem overcame Novak Djokovic in a nervy encounter, squandering 4 match factors within the second set earlier than bulldozing the whole lot in his path from 0-4 down within the third set tiebreak to win. After that rematch of the 2020 Australian Open ultimate, we have now a rematch of the 2019 US Open ultimate tonight.
Of all of the excellent performers in London, Medvedev has in all probability produced the very best, most constant stage all through and he’s but to drop a set. He even had no issues navigating a probably tough useless rubber in opposition to Diego Schwartzman final night time, swatting apart the Argentine with out losing any power. He’s serving, returning, defending and countering at such a excessive stage and this shall be extraordinarily robust.
Fortunately for Nadal, he’s additionally taking part in extraordinarily nicely. Though he was unable to search out his finest tennis within the necessary moments, he was one half of one of many highest high quality matches of the 12 months in opposition to Dominic Thiem, finally dropping in two tiebreaks. Regardless of a brief 10 minute blip from the tip of set two, he produced one other convincing efficiency in opposition to Stefanos Tsitsipas to safe his place on this semi-final.
Nadal, after all, has by no means gained the ATP Finals and yearly we have now the identical discussions over his failure to supply his finest tennis indoors. We should always speak extra about how, significantly up to now two seasons, he has managed to adapt his recreation on this floor. His heavy topspin is probably not as troublesome on this floor however he’s producing a number of the finest serving of his profession and he’s additionally making the most of his glorious volleys and web sense by shifting ahead to the web as a lot as he ever has up to now. He’s actually enjoyable to look at on this floor and hopefully he shall be once more at this time. Let’s see who wins.
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Daniil Medvedev is 0-3 in opposition to Rafael Nadal, however he’s getting nearer and nearer. After being demolished 6-3 6-0 within the Montreal ultimate final 12 months, they performed a wildly entertaining US Open ultimate during which Medvedev, after the entire antics that led as much as the match, recovered from two units right down to push him to a decent fifth set.
Final 12 months on the ATP Finals, Medvedev led 5-1 within the third set and held a match level earlier than watching the match slip from his grasp. As he ready for his first match this week, he plainly known as it a choke. Few would argue with him.
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