Medvedev reveals what he thinks of Rafael Nadal's come back on the court

The Russian underlined how the Spaniard's return is fantastic news for tennis

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Medvedev reveals what he thinks of Rafael Nadal's come back on the court
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Daniil Medvedev is preparing for the start of the upcoming tennis season and, in the meantime, the Russian has talked about Rafael Nadal's imminent return on the court. The Spaniard, after the injury suffered at the Australian Open 2023, will return to delight his fans starting from the ATP 250 in Brisbane, scheduled from 31 December 2023.

Medvedev, who fought some tough matches against Rafa, underlined how how ck of the Spanish is fantastic news for tennis, during an interview with The National News. "What challenge does Nadal represent on the ATP Tour? It's more or less the same thing you have to say with Novak Djokovic.

In all seasons he has won many games and lost few. It's very difficult to beat him. In reality, with Rafa, perhaps, I was even less successful than with Novak, in a certain sense. But we had some very close games where I felt like we could win, but in the end he came out on top.

So it will be a big challenge for me if I have to face it again. I don't know his form at the moment, no one knows. But from what I saw, he seems fine and that's great for tennis," Medvedev explained.

Medvedev improved on clay-courts

The Russian won his first tournament on clay, surprising everyone at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

"Even though this year I proved to myself that I can be an excellent player on clay, I feel like I still struggle to adapt to the change of surface. In 2024, with the Olympic Games, it will be very difficult to switch from clay to grass and then again to clay," he said.

Daniil Medvedev suffered one of the toughest defeats of his career against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in 2022. Trailing by two sets and down 2-3 and 0-40 in the final, the Spaniard found the strength to save three balls consecutive breaks and completely overturning a match that seemed lost, winning the 21st Slam.

A match that clearly influenced Medvedev's subsequent performances, probably shaken mentally, despite him having become ATP No.1 in that period.

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