Rafael Nadal 4-3* Daniil Medvedev
A a lot less complicated maintain for Nadal to retain his slender 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 vast with a sequence of typical crosscourt forehands, ultimately drawing an error.
Rafael Nadal *3-Three Daniil Medvedev
An unreturned serve and two aces from Medvedev en-route to a fast maintain to 15. That is all very simple on his serve up to now.
We’ve got already seen a few serve and volley makes an attempt from Nadal and, given Medvedev’s deep return place, we’ll see extra.
He’s unsurprisingly making an attempt to combine up his photographs as a lot as potential and notably 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 troublesome, 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.
Rafael Nadal *2-2 Daniil Medvedev
No such issues for Medvedev on serve. He breezed by way 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 extremely good maintain from Nadal, who saves three break factors in a reasonably lengthy deuce recreation. After a couple of sloppy errors from Nadal at deuce to convey up the break factors, Nadal saved the primary break level due to a Medvedev backhand error. On Medvedev’s second and third break factors, Nadal discovered two huge unreturned serves.
At deuce, Nadal switched issues up, taking part in an incredible 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-Zero 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 is going to work for him at present. After a forehand error the primary level, Nadal responded with a fast serve and volley. We will likely be seeing way 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 different 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 special 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 assume no one is totally completely different participant, no? I believe he’s taking part in nice, however we are able to’t overlook that final yr he performed wonderful too. You already know, he performed the ultimate in Washington, closing in Montreal, profitable Cincinnati, closing US Open. Then he received in Shanghai and I believe a pair extra tournaments. So higher than that is very tough, no? He’s taking part in wonderful this yr for positive now. He performed semifinals in New York and now profitable in Paris, and profitable two matches right here in fact he has loads of confidence and taking part in very, very excessive degree. However we’re within the semifinals of the World Tour Finals so we are able to’t count on one other story, no? Enjoying in opposition to the very best gamers in fine condition. I do know I have to play at my 100% if I wish to have probabilities, and that’s what I’m gonna attempt.
Q. Your ideas going into the semifinal, and clearly it’s an entire turnaround from final yr, however your ideas going into taking part in Rafa within the semis.
DANIIL MEDVEDEV: Yeah, as I all the time say, I get pleasure from taking part in Rafa, Novak, and Roger. They’re idols of me rising up once I first began to be fascinated with tennis. Mainly once I began taking part in it, Roger was already there I believe profitable nearly every part. 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 trying ahead to the match. Feeling assured. I believe Rafa can be. Performed an incredible match yesterday. I would like to point out my finest tennis to have the chance to win.
Q. You might have sort of talked about the match in opposition to Rafa right here final yr a few occasions. How a lot will you concentrate on that sort of within the buildup to tomorrow’s match or by no means?
DANIIL MEDVEDEV: Oh, to be sincere, by no means, simply when it comes to ways for positive possibly a little bit bit, keep in mind one thing from final yr, as a result of truly I used to be near profitable it, however a brand new match is a brand new match. It’s one yr already. So though everyone knows who’s Rafa, all people modifications. So I’m positive he modified few small issues in his recreation. I modified mine. So new match is rarely the identical. You already know, 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 closing, one thing like this. I’m simply searching for tomorrow and never considering in any respect about final yr, 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 here are highlights of final yr’s match. It have to be mentioned that this encounter ought to have restricted relevance from each. Nadal was nonetheless getting again up to the mark after combating damage 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 under. Basic.
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Hiya! Welcome to our protection on semi-final day of the ATP Finals from the O2 Enviornment as Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev compete for the second spot in tomorrow’s closing.
Earlier at present, Dominic Thiem overcame Novak Djokovic in a nervy encounter, squandering 4 match factors within the second set earlier than bulldozing every part in his path from 0-Four down within the third set tiebreak to win. After that rematch of the 2020 Australian Open closing, now we have a rematch of the 2019 US Open closing tonight.
Of all of the excellent performers in London, Medvedev has in all probability produced the very best, most constant degree all through and he’s but to drop a set. He even had no issues navigating a doubtlessly difficult lifeless 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 degree and this will likely be extraordinarily robust.
Fortunately for Nadal, he’s additionally taking part in extraordinarily nicely. Though he was unable to seek out his finest tennis within the essential moments, he was one half of one of many highest high quality matches of the yr in opposition to Dominic Thiem, ultimately shedding 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, in fact, has by no means received the ATP Finals and yearly now we have the identical discussions over his failure to provide his finest tennis indoors. We must always speak extra about how, notably 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 few 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 online as a lot as he ever has up to now. He’s actually enjoyable to observe on this floor and hopefully he will likely be once more at present. Let’s see who wins.
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Daniil Medvedev is 0-Three in opposition to Rafael Nadal, however he’s getting nearer and nearer. After being demolished 6-Three 6-Zero within the Montreal closing final yr, they performed a wildly entertaining US Open closing by which Medvedev, after all the antics that led as much as the match, recovered from two units all the way down to push him to a decent fifth set.
Final yr 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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