Daniil Medvedev will lose his no. 1 spot after the US Open, stepping away from the ATP throne after 16 weeks. The defending US Open champion suffered the fourth-round loss to Nick Kyrgios in four sets, losing too many points and dropping from the leading position.
After the match, Medvedev admitted he did not have a great season at Majors after the Australian Open, losing in the fourth round in Paris and New York. Daniil could not play at Wimbledon, and he knows he needs to win more points to fight for no.
1 spot again in the future. The Russian had a massive chance to claim his second consecutive Major crown at the Australian Open. Medvedev led 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 against Rafael Nadal in the title clash but failed to make an extra step and lift the trophy.
Nadal performed one of his greatest comebacks and secured a 2,6 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 triumph in five hours and 24 minutes for the record-breaking 21st Major title. Nadal was almost done and dusted when he faced those three break points in the third set's sixth game.
He overcame them and gained a massive boost that allowed him to raise his level. Nadal claimed the third set after breaking the opponent with a backhand down the line winner in game nine and forged an early advantage in the fourth.
Rafa held at love in game ten to wrap up the set and force a decider after four hours and 12 minutes.
Daniil Medvedev squandered a massive advantage against Rafael Nadal in Melbourne.
Pushing strong, the Spaniard placed a forehand down the line winner in the fifth game to open a 3-2 gap and take a significant step towards the finish line.
Nadal survived a massive scare in the sixth game after fending off three break points that kept him in front. The Spaniard secured the eighth game to forge a 5-3 advantage and put one hand on the trophy. Medvedev made one last push and broke back in game ten for 5-5, extending his chances and fighting like a lion despite wasting a colossal advantage.
Staying composed and using his vast experience, Rafa seized the third break chance in the 11th game and sealed the deal on his serve a few minutes later for the record-breaking 21st Major crown. "I do not know where I will be after the US Open, probably third or fourth.
I guess Carlos Alcaraz will pass me. But that's motivation to try to do better. I did not do well enough at Majors this year. I had my chance in Australia against Rafael Nadal but did not take it. Also, I skipped Wimbledon, and I'm aware I have to win more points to regain the ATP throne," Daniil Medvedev said.