Meeting Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the ATP Finals 2020 tennis tournament, has Daniil Medvedev forgotten his nightmare?
Daniil Medvedev has a nightmare named Rafael Nadal. And at 3:00 pm on November 22, the Russian tennis player will have this nightmare again in the semifinals of the ATP Finals 2020 tennis tournament.
Ironically, Nadal became Medvedev’s obsession at the ATP Finals as well. It was the group stage match, when the Russian player attended the 2019 tournament for the first time.
After winning set 1, Medvedev let Nadal equalize 1-1. Entering the decisive set, Medvedev led 5-1. But in the end, he dropped everything, including 1 match point, and was eliminated.
The ATP Finals 2020 semi-final was the first time they had seen it since that day. Will Medvedev get revenge this time?
So far, Medvedev is the only player who has not lost at ATP Finals 2020. He has not even lost a set, despite his opponents being Diego Schwartzman, Alexander Zverev or Novak Djokovic. And in 5 out of 6 sets he won, the score difference was 6-3.
Consequently, up to now, the number 4 in the world has won a series of 8 matches in major tournaments. This is his longest streak of wins since a streak between the Cincinnati Masters and the US Open last year.
Medvedev’s impetus is growing further since, after winning his career title at the Paris Masters earlier this month, beating Nadal meant he became the first Russian player to reach the ATP Finals final since 2009, when Nikolay Davydenko eliminated Roger Federer in the semi-finals and defeated Juan Martin Del Potro in the final.
However, Nadal is also in top form. Although the hard yard in the house is not where the No. 2 player in the world feels most comfortable, he is still capable of eliminating defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the semi-finals, after defeating Andrey Rublev and losing to Dominic Thiem in a fine line.
Former world No. 1 Nadal clearly treasures every game and his desire to win the ATP Finals for the first time.
So after the failures of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, is Medvedev enough to stand in the way of “Matador”?
It should be remembered that over the past few years, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev have all progressed steadily to become challenges for both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
However, the excellent trio of The Next Gens generation often “spray” each time they encounter Nadal. As he was born to rule this trio, Nadal has a record of completely overwhelming them, with Medvedev currently 3-0.
Of course in sports anything can happen. Besides, Medvedev is more appreciated on hard courts in the house.
But when the opponent is Nadal, the number 1 player in Russia must know that the road to the final is a little good, much evil.