Daniil Medvedev: I felt strange against Rafael Nadal until I made some changes

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Daniil Medvedev: I felt strange against Rafael Nadal until I made some changes

Top-ranked Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev claimed he figured out he needed to make certain adjustments on the court against Rafael Nadal and he was happy that it worked since he ended up claiming a huge comeback win over the Spaniard.

Medvedev, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 4 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat world No. 2 Nadal 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-3 and reach his maiden final at the Nitto ATP Finals. Nadal, who was aiming to win his maiden Nitto ATP Finals title this year, had it all in his hands but he failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game of the second set as Medvedev created a huge comeback.

"I felt really strange until 5-4 for him in the second set, when he was serving for the match,” Medvedev said after the match, per the Nitto ATP Finals website. “It felt like I was doing great shots but there was no link in my game and that was why I was losing.

He was better in the important moments, I couldn’t return in the important moments, I couldn’t make a good shot in the important moments. “I decided to change some small things. Just being closer, going for it a little bit more.

I felt like I had the chances to win before [in] some games, a set maybe, but it didn’t work, so I had to change and it worked really well. I am really happy about it”.

Medvedev praises Dominic Thiem

The Nitto ATP Finals is set to get a first-time champion as Medvedev and Thiem will both be aiming to win it all at The O2 Arena for the first time in their respective careers when they meet in the final at The O2 Arena.

Thiem, ranked at No. 3 in the world, edged out world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to make the final at The O2 Arena. "Dominic is playing amazing right now. Already in the US Open when I lost against him, after the match I was sitting in the locker [room] and I was like, 'I was playing good [in] this match.’ But he managed to do it, he won his first Grand Slam," Medvedev said.

"The first two times on Centre Court [I practised here] was with him. We had good rallies, it was a really good level of tennis and I said to my coach, ‘He can go far here.’ I don’t know if he said the same… but I am going to see him tomorrow”.