'If Rafael Nadal has a small chance, he will...', says top coach



by   |  VIEW 9200

'If Rafael Nadal has a small chance, he will...', says top coach

Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev played two exciting matches at the 2019 and 2020 ATP Finals. In the first, Nadal trailed 5-1 in the final set and fended off a match point in an impressive comeback. A year later, the Spaniard led 6-3, 6-4 against the Russian in the semi-final before failing to serve for victory and experiencing a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 loss in two hours and 35 minutes.

. Instead of sealing the deal, Rafa suffered a break in the tenth game of the second set, losing the tie break and allowing Daniil to string together four straight games in the decider and advance to the title match. After the match, Nadal said that he did not lose energy in the last set.

He praised his opponent, who played better than him when it mattered most, and wished the Russian all the best in the future. Daniil threw 42 winners and 29 unforced errors, leaving Rafa in a 22-30 ratio. The Russian carved out the advantage in later rallies and saved his best tennis for the final four games to stay in the title race.

Nadal held on early in the match after forcing Medvedev's backhand error. He had to work hard in the third game before fending off three break chances. Daniil clinched game four with a service winner and wrapped up the result for the third time in game six, doing his best to keep in touch with the Spaniard from the baseline.

Medvedev lost ground at 3-4 and made a forehand error to suffer a break at love, allowing Rafa to take the set 6-3 on serve from him. Daniil was the most aggressive player in the second set, hitting 21 winners and ten unforced errors to open a 4-1 gap.

The young rival won 12 of 13 points on serve and secured a break in the second game after the Spaniard's double fault.

Uncle Toni comments on Nadal

Andy Roddick recently included Rafael Nadal's name in a Tennis Channel discussion on potential candidates to win Wimbledon.

"Is Rafa Nadal, did that procedure help? Is he going to be able to play well on the grass? When he is there, he is very good on grass," Roddick said. "We always forget that he has won Wimbledon twice, right? We don't give him enough credit just because he's so good on clay." The AFP recently reported that the Spaniard's uncle, Toni Nadal, believes Nadal will play at Wimbledon.

"He is planning to train on the sidelines of the Mallorca Open from Monday (June 13)," Toni Nadal was quoted as saying. "If he has a small chance, he will play at Wimbledon."