Rafael Nadal has yet to claim the ATP Finals title after losing a few final matches and skipping multiple iterations of the prestigious ATP competition. Due to an injury, Rafa was unable to participate in Turin a year ago, but he will get another chance to compete for the prestigious championship this November.
Nadal played well and hoped to advance all the way as he reached his first ATP Finals semifinal since 2015 two years ago. The Spaniard outplayed Daniil Medvedev and built a 6-3, 5-4 lead before serving for the match-winning point in game ten of the semifinal.
Nadal failed to advance and was broken at a critical time. He kept the other player in the game, but ultimately lost 3-6, 7-6, 6-3. Rafa had already lost a close match in the round-robin round to Dominic Thiem, falling 7-6, 7-6 despite having opportunities in both sets.
Carlos Moya, Nadal‘s coach, expressed regret that his player was unable to compete for the London title after dropping the match-deciding sets to Thiem and Medvedev.
Rafael Nadal struggled to win close matches in London 2020 against Thiem and Medvedev.
The Austrian defeated the Spaniard for the sixth time in two hours and 25 minutes after an exciting victory.
Like in Melbourne in January, Thiem defeated Nadal in the crucial points and finished first. The Austrian won in straight sets and became the seventh player with six victories against the 20-time Major champion after surviving two set points in the first set and recovering from a break behind in the second.
Games seven and eight of the second set saw just two service breaks. The title match was certainly worth seeing as the rivals maintained a tight match. Nadal defeated Tsitsipas in the final round-robin match to get to the semifinals, and he appeared to have Medvedev under control until losing in three sets.
“The ATP Finals were unfortunate because I believe Rafa had a chance to compete for the championship and get to the final. Those uncomfortable situations frequently work to his advantage. However, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev were not subject to such.
On a fast court like London, things are changing quickly, and the winner between the top-ranked opponents will be determined by two or three crucial moments. Keep your eyes on the ball and score those important points because they will probably decide the outcome.
Rafa typically takes advantage of these circumstances, but Thiem and Medvedev deserve praise. When it counted most, they both performed at their best. They defeated Rafa by winning the decisive points and emerged as deserving champions “said Carlos Moya.