Rafael Nadal: 'I wish Daniil Medvedev all the best, he played a great match'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I wish Daniil Medvedev all the best, he played a great match'

Rafael Nadal had a massive opportunity to reach the first ATP Finals title match in seven years, serving for the victory against Daniil Medvedev in the semis after an hour and 24 minutes. Instead of sealing the deal, Rafa got broken in that tenth game, lost the tie break and allowed Medveded to rattle off four straight games in the decider and remain on the title course.

After the match, Nadal said he didn't lose energy in the final set, praising his opponent who played better than him when it mattered the most and wishing the Russian all the best in the future. The Russian overpowered world no.

2 Rafael Nadal 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 in two hours and 35 minutes, earning a crucial break at 4-5 in set number two when Rafa served for the victory and crossing the finish line from there. Daniil had 42 winners and 29 unforced errors, leaving Rafa on a 22-30 ratio and securing a place in the final.

The Russian secured the advantage in the most advanced rallies, saving his best tennis for the last four games to seal the deal and set Dominic Thiem clash. Nadal held at 30 at the beginning of the encounter after forcing a backhand error from Medvedev, having to dig deep in the third game and fending off three break chances to avoid an early setback.

Daniil secured the fourth game with a service winner and locked the result for the third time in game six, doing his best to remain in touch with the Spaniard from the baseline. Medvedev lost ground at 3-4, spraying a forehand error to suffer a break at love and allowing Rafa to seal the set 6-3 on his serve.

Daniil was the more aggressive player in set number two, hitting 21 winners and ten unforced errors to open a 4-1 gap.

Rafael Nadal served for the victory against Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals.

Daniil won 12 of the opening 13 points, securing a break in game two after a double fault from the Spaniard.

Medvedev landed an ace to forge a 4-1 advantage, creating a break chance in the next one that could have sent him further ahead. Nadal saved that break point, closed the game and pulled the break with a forehand winner to reduce the deficit.

Rafa held at 15 and scored another break in game nine, rattling off four straight games and serving for the victory at 5-4. Instead of bringing the encounter home, the Spaniard suffered a break at love to keep Medvedev in contention, with the Russian securing a tie break 7-4 to force a decider.

A smash winner clinched a break for Daniil at 3-3 to gave him momentum, cementing the advantage with a solid forehand attack and forcing Nadal to serve for staying in the match. Medvedev the second consecutive break at 5-3 to seal the deal and advance into Sunday's title clash against Dominic Thiem.

"I don't think that I lost energy in the decider. Daniil was better than me in the early stages. I stayed in touch with good serves, raised my level and grabbed a break to close the set. Like in the opener, Danill had the advantage in set number two before I bounced back, playing on a high level before that crucial game ten.

It was a bad game, and I wasted a massive opportunity. I wish Daniil all the best; he played a great match," Rafael Nadal said.