Rafael Nadal was exhausted, he never served and volleyed so much - Wilander


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Rafael Nadal was exhausted, he never served and volleyed so much - Wilander

Speaking on Eurosport the seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander analyzed Rafael Nadal's five-set US Open final win over Daniil Medvedev. The Swede said: "It was incredible. The tactical moves that Medvedev made and Nadal served and volleyed so many times.

Two sets to love, up a break, everything was going according to plan, then Medvedev turned it around and it actually made Nadal tired. He was very relieved. He looked exhausted at times. I do not know if he ever looked so exhausted like today.

Medvedev has the ability to make his opponents play worse. Nadal played well in the first two sets, he was hitting pretty clean, Medvedev stayed so far back. Then Nadal played worse and worse. The way Medvedev plays when he absorbs power and hit so hard, you cannot do much.

It was very humid. Nadal was knocked out in the third set and even more in the fourth. The match was so physical that you can compare it to the one against Djokovic in the 2012 Australian Open." On Medvedev's effort, Wilander added: "Medvedev will win multiple Grand Slam titles.

He can play on any surface, there is no opponent he doesn't want to play against. He needs to figure out how to serve even better and bigger. He is so original with that backhand and the way he decides to play points, serve and volley, drop shots."