Rafael Nadal defeated Daniil Medvedev in a third set tie-breaker despite not playing his best tennis. The Spaniard said: "It's not one of the best performance of my career, no? Not at all. I really hope that I can play better.
I have been better than the other day, of course. I have been playing a better level of tennis than the first day in general terms. Then win this match is a combination of a lot of things: lucky, some mistakes of Daniil, some good moments of myself at the end.
But in general terms, knowing that I was not able to practice the way that I would like before the tournament, be able to increase the level since two days ago to today like this is a very positive thing and I'm very happy with this.
Win or lose is another story." Nadal also praised his opponent: "Daniil is super tough mentally. He showed everybody during all this year what he achieved. If you are not able to be very solid mentally, is impossible, honestly.
So today is one of these days that, as I said on the court, one time of one thousand you lose this match, and it happened today. Very happy for that. Very sorry for him, honestly, because lose a match like this is tough, and it's painful.
I feel very sorry for Daniil. He's a good guy, I think, and anyway, he should be very proud about all the things that he's doing."