Rafael Nadal loses to Nick Kyrgios before embracing an incredible streak

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Rafael Nadal loses to Nick Kyrgios before embracing an incredible streak

In Acapulco 2019, Rafael Nadal won the opening set against Nick Kyrgios before wasting match points in a 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 loss after three hours and three minutes! Nick saved numerous break chances and three match points in the deciding set's tie break at 3-6 to score one of the career's most significant victories.

Between Indian Wells 2019 and the ATP Finals 2020, Nadal grabbed 71 consecutive victories after taking the opening set, embracing an incredible streak that came to its end against Daniil Medvedev despite a massive chance for Rafa to extend it.

The Spaniard did not lose a match after taking the opener in 11 consecutive tournaments in 2019, finishing the season on a high note and securing the fifth year-end no. 1 honor. After six "perfect" events following a successful opening set, Rafa failed to wrap up the 2020 season in that way after wasting a colossal chance at the ATP Finals.

Nadal's 71st consecutive victory after taking the opener came in the round-robin stage against Stefanos Tsitsipas, as the Spaniard beat the Greek 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in two hours and four minutes for his first ATP Finals semi-final in five years.

Nadal claimed the triumph with a strong performance in the decider, securing four breaks and hitting 32 winners and 13 unforced errors. The defending champion bounced back in the second set to gain momentum, losing it completely in the decider and dropping five of the last six games to propel Rafa into the final four.

Rafael Nadal won 71 consecutive matches after taking the opening set.

Nadal's streak ended in the semi-final against Daniil Medvedev, despite a 6-3, 5-4 lead and serving for the victory. Instead of bringing the victory home in under an hour and a half, Rafa got broken in that tenth game and experienced a tough 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 loss in two hours and 35 minutes!

Daniil had 42 winners and 29 unforced errors, leaving Rafa on a 22-30 ratio and securing a place in the final against Dominic Thiem. The Russian forged the advantage in the most advanced rallies and saved his best tennis for the last four games to seal the deal and leave Nadal empty-handed.