20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal wasn't interested in trying to find excuses for failing to serve out for the match against world No. 4 Daniil Medvedev at the Nitto ATP Finals. Nadal, who was aiming to lift his maiden Nitto ATP Finals title at the age of 34, was up by a set and a break before Medvedev created a stunning comeback to win 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-3 their semifinal match.
I'm the 10th game of the second set -- when Nadal was serving for the match -- he got broken to love. " I don’t know. I think I achieved enough to not find an excuse about the pressure," Nadal said after the match, per Metro UK.
"I know I won enough matches and enough tournaments in an even more difficult situation than this one and even in more important matches than tonight. So I don’t feel that way. "I feel I played a bad game. Of course you are nervous to win the match.
But not me. Everybody. Is normal to have the tension. I think he played some good points and I make a couple of mistakes. "And that’s it, and then he played a good tiebreak. Yeah. And I played, I should be winning my serve in the third, the one that I lost.
I had easy volley to close the game. "Small details makes a big difference. Just well done for him and not enough good for me."
Nadal aims a big 2021 season
This season, Nadal claimed one Grand Slam title as he made it all the way at Roland Garros to claim a record 13th French Open title and equal Roger Federer's all-time Grand Slam record of 20 Majors captured.
After a disappointing Nitto ATP Finals exit, Nadal will take some time off and then kick off his preparation for the next season as he hopes to once again be a contender for the biggest titles. "My goal is always the same: to go to every tournament and to give myself a chance to compete well and to try to win it.
"That’s the goal of every year. My motivation has been always the same. Next year gonna be an important year. I hope to be ready to fight for the things that I want to fight. I’m going to work hard during the off-season to be ready for the beginning."