Daniil Medvedev: Rafael Nadal was just unreal

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Daniil Medvedev: Rafael Nadal was just unreal

Daniil Medvedev described Rafael Nadal's performance as "unreal" after an epic Australian Open final. Medvedev appeared to be cruising toward a straight-set win over Nadal but then Nadal created a historic comeback.

Nadal was down by two sets and facing three break points in the sixth game of the third set but in the won 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5. "It was a huge match, for sure some small points, small details that I could have done better if I wanted to win.

But that's tennis, that's life," Medvedev said. "(It) was a huge match. Rafa played unreal, raised his level. I mean, two sets to love up, I was like, 'C'mon, just go for him, go for more' "In (the) fifth set, I was like 'make him run'

He was unreal. He was really strong, like the way he played, at four hours I was even surprised. But, of course, we know how Rafa can play. He didn't play for six months. He told me after the match that he didn't practice so much.

It was unreal."

Medvedev has no regrets about his performance

"Talking about tennis, I have not much regrets," Medvedev said. "I'm going to try to continue my best. Yeah, I'm going to work even harder to try to be a champion of some of these great tournaments one day.

"But … I'm not really disappointed with the loss and with my tennis or with anything like this." The key point of the match was the sixth game of the third set when Nadal saved three consecutive break points.

"I remember that all of (those) three returns I made it in. Just got a little bit tight," Medvedev said. "But, again, that's tennis. Should have done better. Should have hit a winner. Maybe would have won the match." Medvedev has now ended runner-up at the Australian Open in back-to-back years.