In a column on El Pais, Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni analyzed the Spanish player's win over Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals in London. The 58-year-old wrote: "On Wednesday match something similar happened to what happened in the US Open final where they faced each other in September.
In Flushing Meadows some Rafael's uncertainties when the match was clearly on his side made the Russian start playing very well and he almost came back. On Wednesday after Rafael won the second set with a more solid game and that Medvedev started feeling more tired, some uncertainties once again let Medvedev take the lead and win five games in a row.
Daniil is a really complicated player who makes you play all the points well. He gives very less and he is pretty complete on all the aspects of the game. That makes you doubtful when it comes to heading into the match. "Rafael tried similar tactics as the US Open, mix up slices so that his opponent would not take advantage of his shots speed.
At the beginning of the third set, I thought that getting two breaks back was something complicated, especially on this surface. My nephew once again showed his fighting spirit and his ability to never give up., At the end of the match, Medvedev started looking to his team and complained, which cost him the match.
People who get used to complaining are usually the ones who are less available to do what they have to change the situation. And that's what happened to Medvedev, I think."