Former ATP ace discusses Rafael Nadal's future



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Former ATP ace discusses Rafael Nadal's future

This Saturday it was finally time to see one of the most anticipated players of these Davis Cup Finals: world number two Daniil Medvedev, who took to the track to face the Ecuadorian Emilio Gómez in the second match of the day.

The 25-year-old, who is in the shape of his life after winning the US Open just two months ago, had an exceptional performance and needed only 57 minutes to get rid of Gómez, who yesterday came very close to surprising before Pablo Carreño.

And the Russian was happy not only with his performance today but also with having made his Davis Cup Finals debut. "I am happy with my level because Davis Cup is often a matter of sensations, low ranked players playing incredible tennis," Medvedev said.

“I was prepared for it. I wanted to keep it well controlled from the first to the last point. I'm really happy to give the team a point”. “There were a lot of people. That's great, because we are playing in Madrid, Russia against Ecuador.

You never know what to expect. I am happy that we had a full stadium. Of course, tomorrow it will probably be full, but most of them will support Spain”. And he added with a smile: "I have lived it many times recently, so I am prepared."

Russia was so eager not to fail against Ecuador that they nominated their most powerful squad. The world number 5 Andrey Rublev, who had to work hard to get a victory by 63, 46, 61 against Ecuadorian Roberto Quiroz in the first game of the series, explained that they know the importance of each point in this format because of their experience as runners-up in 2019.

Rafael Nadal's 2021 season has been derailed by a chronic foot injury. The Spaniard has suffered from the problem since 2005, and it flared up once again during his semifinal defeat against Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros.

Nadal’s road to recovery seems right on track

Speaking to members of the press following the conclusion of the 2021 US Open, former Spanish tennis player and 1992 Barcelona Olympic silver medalist Jordi Arrese expressed full faith in Rafael Nadal's ability to recover from his injury and make a strong comeback.

"If Rafa recovers, he still has two or three very good years left because he has too good a level and is a mental predator," Arrese was quoted as saying by AS. During the course of the media interaction, Arrese also spoke about 18-year-old Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz.

Alcaraz has long been referred to as the 'next Rafael Nadal' due to his prodigious talent and claycourt prowess. "With a couple of years, he will have plenty of experience and the mentality to be a great player and do great things.

You do not have to rush him, he is mentally prepared and he will not have any problem even if they put pressure on him, but he is Carlos Alcaraz and you do not have to compare him with anyone," said Arrese.