Rafael Nadal's dream of winning the ATP Finals for the first time in his career ended in the semifinals and triumphing in one of the few major tournaments he has never won in the course of a long and extraordinary career.
Only two finals in ten years and zero titles for the Spaniard in the end-of-year Finals who this time falls against a great Daniil Medvedev, winner of the match in three sets, recovering Rafa's initial advantage. Surprising victory for how it arrived with Nadal who at 6-3; 5-4 served for the match, which suffered the break and which saw the great and vehement reaction of the Russian, who, with the fourth victory in four races reaches for the first time the final in his career here.
Rafael Nadal on the next season
Speaking after his three-set semifinal loss to Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals on Saturday, Rafael Nadal stressed on the need for caution and patience, while also admitting that the final decision was up to the Australian government.
"I don't know what's the situation going to be yet," Nadal said. "We need to wait about what the government there in Victoria says. We can't do much from ATP position or just wait. We [are] nobody to say what they feel is better for [their] country, no? We just need to be patient and accept the situation that we are facing," Nadal added.
"That is difficult for everyone. We need to be flexible to understand the situation and to find a way to play as many tournaments as possible next year." The Spaniard also suggested that things won't fully get back to normal until the COVID-19 vaccine is freely available all over the world.
"Hopefully with the vaccine, that ends soon and we can come back at least to close to normal in a couple of months, but now is a difficult situation," Nadal said. Against Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev came back from 6-3, 5-4 down - with the Spaniard serving for the match - before eventually winning in three.
The Russian explained that he had been feeling ‘strange’ until that 5-4 game, and that he struggled to match Nadal’s level in key exchanges. “I felt really strange until 5-4 for him in the second set, when he was serving for the match,” Medvedev said.
“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”.