Daniil Medvedev reacts to losing to Rafael Nadal in Acapulco
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Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev admits he didn't play on the level needed against No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal. Medvedev, seeded at No. 1, exited the Acapulco event after Nadal claimed a 6-3 6-3 win over the Russian in the semifinal.
Nadal failed to convert any of his two break points in the second game but claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game. Nadal, the 2020 Acapulco champion, then held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener.
After winning the first set, Nadal started the second set with a break. Medvedev had chances to get the break back but he blew four break points in the fourth game and also missed out on seven break points in the sixth game.
Medvedev paid the price for blowing 11 break points as Nadal earned his third break of the match in the ninth game to seal a straight-set win.
Medvedev: I made too many mistakes against Nadal
"I don't think I played great today, generally my level was not good enough to compete against a player like Nadal.
Too many mistakes and the scores says it," Medvedev said after the match, per Lorenzo Ercoli. Medvedev admitted he felt something was lacking in his game against Nadal. "I feel like I was missing some energy today, unfortunately.
I felt the support of the fans but I didn't manage to turn my fire up. But Mexican crowd was good and I would be happy to comeback in Acapulco," Medvedev added. Despite the loss, Medvedev is set to replace Novak Djokovic as the new No.
1 on Monday. "It's tough to say where I became No.1 because Djokovic lost in Dubai (laugh). I felt great atmosphere here in Acapulco, I don't care if the crowd is for me, Nadal or other players. But regardless of cheering, the public here applauds good points, they love tennis," Medvedev noted.