The world’s top player, Daniil Medvedev, will make his Los Cabos debut on Wednesday night, making up for missing Wimbledon. Defending the ATP title ahead of Alexander Zverev requires Daniil to perform well in Los Cabos and Montreal before taking on the toughest test at the US Open.
Prior to his opening game in Mexico, Medvedev spoke with the media. To describe Rafael Nadal, one of his greatest rivals, was one of the questions. The 22-time Major champion was praised by Daniil, who called him a great fighter and person.
Six matches between Medvedev and Nadal have already taken place, including two thrilling five-set matches at the US Open and the Australian Open. At the 2019 US Open, Rafa defeated Daniil after nearly five hours, and the two then engaged in two thrilling matches at the ATP Finals in 2019 and 2020.
At this year’s Australian Open, Daniil held a significant edge over Rafa as he sought the second consecutive Major victory.
Rafael Nadal was given praise by Daniil Medvedev.
The Russian played well and had a 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 lead before the Spaniard began one of his most incredible comebacks.
In five hours and twenty-four minutes, Nadal won with scores of 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, and 7-5. A few weeks later, Rafa and Daniil squared off once more in Acapulco, with the Spaniard winning 6-3, 6-3 in two hours.
With strong serve and return play and three service breaks, Nadal earned his sixth victory over Medvedev in six meetings. After generating 11 break points in games four and six, Medvedev had the opportunity to extend the second set.
He wasted every one of them, allowing Nadal to complete the deal and proceed to the championship match. When the Russian sprayed a backhand error, the Spaniard took the lead at 2-1 in the first set. For the remainder of the set, the Australian Open champion maintained control in his games and finished it at 5-3 with a powerful serve.
Daniil started the second set off with a lack of concentration and found himself down a set and a break before gaining 11 break points in games four and six! After a 20-minute game, Nadal opened a 4-2 lead by remaining calm and defending them all. This gave him a huge lift.
In order to maintain his lead, Rafa hit a service winner in game eight. He then defeated his competitor with another break in game nine, advancing to the championship match. “I can describe Rafa in a single word: magnificent. He is an incredible fighter, warrior, and guy with incredible mental fortitude “said Daniil Medvedev.