Rafael Nadal shared how he managed to get back from being 1-5 and match point down in the third set against Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals in London. The Spaniard said: "I had a good return game on 5-2, he made mistakes and when I saw the minimum chance I was able to get back in the match and give myself an opportunity.
But being honest, with 5-1, a match point you can save it, but 5-2 and two breaks, the normal thing is to lose the match. I feel lucky and I really feel for him even if for me it's a very important win for many aspects.
When you lose this way it's hard and unexplicable, but I just congratulate him for a great season." Nadal feels good physically: "I played almost three hours and the abdominal coped with it. It's almost three hours serving and it was an important test, after a muscle injury, the risk was there.
It seems it's heading into the right direction. A match like this will help me take rhythm. I had many complicated situations, I was able to play being excited in key moments and I hope I can have the opportunity to keep competing well.
For me, after an unbelievable year in many ways and in terms of consistency, enjoying to play again is great. It was the moment to fight and give myself a shot to play better. The level got higher as the match went on."