Daniil Medvedev v Rafael Nadal: ATP Tour Finals 2020 semi-final – live!
Rafael Nadal 6-Three 6-7(Four) *2-2 Daniil Medvedev
One other maintain on the board for Medvedev, this time to 30. Medvedev netted a forehand to tug Nadal again into 30-30. A protracted rally ensued on Medvedev’s second serve, which Nadal ended when he tried to unload on a forehand down-the-line and despatched his strike effectively huge. Medvedev completed with an unreturned serve.
Rafael Nadal 6-Three 6-7(Four) 2-1* Daniil Medvedev
Nadal retains himself forward with an authoritative maintain to 30. At 30-15, he drew out one other Medvedev error with a sequence of backhand slices, then he sealed the maintain with a giant unreturned serve.
Rafael Nadal 6-Three 6-7(Four) *1-1 Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev breezes by his opening service sport with a fast maintain to like. He opened with a simple overhead winner behind a giant serve, slammed down an unreturned serve at 30-Zero and closed it off with assist from a Nadal forehand error.
Rafael Nadal 6-Three 6-7(Four) 1-Zero* Daniil Medvedev
Good work from Nadal to clear his first hurdle within the last set, saving break level with a giant serve-forehand mixture. From deuce, he discovered two consecutive huge serves to carry. Good serving.
That was an astonishing effort from Medvedev, who regarded down and out as Nadal served for the match at 6-Three *5-Four. Medvedev responded with a high quality sequence of returns, breaking Nadal’s serve to like. We all know that Medvedev is extraordinarily clever and he’s very, superb, however additionally it is good to see him as soon as extra display his preventing spirit in an essential match. Now it’s time for Nadal to regroup.
Daniil Medvedev pulls stage with Rafael Nadal at Three-6, 7-6(Four)
An unbelievable slice of luck proved to be the distinction at Four-Three as Medvedev guessed accurately on a giant Nadal forehand after which shanked a lob over Nadal’s head in response. Medvedev adopted it up with an unreturned serve at 5-Three to succeed in triple set level.
On the second set level, he closed it off by demolishing an unbelievable profitable backhand down-the-line after an extended level. We’re off to a 3rd set.
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Rafael Nadal 6-Three 6-6 (Four-2) Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev leads by one mini-break as they modify ends. At 1-1, Medvedev ended a surprising rally with an enormous inside out forehand winner after flipping defence into offence. Medvedev adopted it up with an ace to maneuver up Three-1. Then he crushed a wonderful leaping crosscourt backhand, forcing a Nadal forehand error. Nadal pegged one level again with a point-ending overhead.
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Rafael Nadal 6-Three 6-6 Daniil Medvedev
Nadal will get himself again on observe with some nice serving. From Zero-15, he produced a serve-forehand 1-2 punch, then he landed an overhead winner behind a giant serve. At 30-15, he landed a giant unreturned serve. Medvedev despatched a backhand into the online at 40-15. We’re off to a tiebreak.
Rafael Nadal 6-Three *5-6 Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev restores his lead with a fast maintain to 15. After some nice serving, he completed with a pleasant serve and volley.
Rafael Nadal 6-Three 5-5* Daniil Medvedev
That was a troublesome service sport from Nadal, who misplaced his serve to like with a forehand shank on sport level.
Nonetheless, good work from Medvedev. Below immense stress, he landed each return and put Nadal underneath stress with suffocating depth the entire time.
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Rafael Nadal 6-Three *5-Four Daniil Medvedev
Oh how the tables have turned. Nadal wins his fourth sport in a row and, out of nowhere, he’ll serve for the match! Nadal drew a backhand error from Medvedev at 15-30 with a depraved, low slice. At 30-30, Medvedev handed over one other backhand error to deliver up break level. Nadal dismounted with a troublesome of genius, lifting an unbelievable backhand lob over Medvedev’s head.
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Rafael Nadal 6-Three Four-Four* Daniil Medvedev
From *1-Four 30-40, Nadal pulls stage at Four-Four with a terrific maintain to 15. Nadal produced two unreturned serves and a few vicious forehands that compelled Medvedev errors. Simply what Nadal wanted.
Rafael Nadal 6-Three *Three-Four Daniil Medvedev
It regarded like Medvedev was heading to a maintain after nailing two unreturned serves from 15-30 down, As an alternative, Nadal pulled him again to deuce with a harmful crosscourt backhand winner after an extended, excessive octane level. Nadal reached break level by simply doing sufficient together with his backhand slice after a Medvedev drop shot.
Medvedev saved the break level with an ace, however Nadal instantly generated a second with an overhead winner after crunching a sequence of forehands. On the second break level, Nadal nailed a spectacular angled forehand passing shot winner. Abruptly, we’re again on serve.
Rafael Nadal 6-Three 2-Four* Daniil Medvedev
An excellent maintain from Nadal, who needed to save a break level after opening the sport with some sloppy errors. From 30-40, he saved the break level by drilling a profitable backhand down-the-line. From deuce, he discovered two huge unreturned serves to maintain himself within the set.
Rafael Nadal 6-Three *1-Four Daniil Medvedev
A terrific service sport by Medvedev to retain his break. From 15-15, he crushed a backhand down-the-line winner, confidently navigated the online earlier than ending with a backhand drive volley winner at 30-15 after which he slammed down an ace at 40-15.
Medvedev has nonetheless misplaced just one level on his serve on this set.
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Rafael Nadal 6-Three 1-Three* Daniil Medvedev
Nadal items collectively his best service sport of the day when he wanted it, breezing by a fast maintain to like.
Rafael Nadal 6-Three *Zero-Three Daniil Medvedev
Within the blink of an eye fixed, the momentum has shifted. Medvedev strolled by a second love maintain in a row, this time closing it off with a stunning drop volley after some nice serving.
Rafael Nadal 6-Three Zero-2* Daniil Medvedev
It’s truthful to say that Medvedev has certainly regrouped. He opened the return sport with some unbelievable defence, nailing an angled backhand passing shot earlier than sweeping up the following forehand. At 15-15, he nailed a backhand crosscourt winner.
Then Nadal did the remaining. After a forehand error at 15-30, Nadal then double faulted on the primary break level. An unsightly ending.
Rafael Nadal 6-Three *Zero-1 Daniil Medvedev
With Four/Four first serves and loads of free factors, Medvedev breezes by a simple maintain to like.
Precisely what he wanted. Medvedev was taking part in extraordinarily effectively and he had really landed 16/16 first serves till his first serve went lacking at Four-Three. That is no disaster. He simply must regroup.
Rafael Nadal takes the primary set 6-Three on Daniil Medvedev
After a difficult begin, Nadal soared within the second half of the set to shut it off with three video games in a row. From 15-30 down, Nadal discovered an unreturned second serve, then a profitable serve and volley at 30-30. On the primary set level, he nailed a superb forehand down-the-line passing shot.
Nadal nonetheless isn’t serving nice – he completed with 42% first serves in – but it surely was adequate.
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Nadal backhand spins
At this time: 27% topspin and 73% slice
Remainder of event: 74% topspin, 26% slice
Rafael Nadal *5-Three Daniil Medvedev
In spite of everything of his earlier battles, it’s Nadal who makes the primary transfer, breaking Medvedev’s serve to love. Nadal opened with a vicious down-the-line forehand to maneuver up Zero-15 and set the tone. At Zero-30, Nadal confirmed astonishing footwork, sweeping across the ball and unloading on an unlimited inside out forehand winner.
The primary break level produced an extended, exhausting rally with Medvedev on the entrance foot as Nadal tried to attract out an error with a sequence of backhand slices. Ultimately, Medvedev moved ahead on a brief ball however despatched his forehand lengthy.
After opening the match with some large serving, Medvedev missed all 4 first serves and he was punished for it.
Rafael Nadal Four-Three* Daniil Medvedev
A a lot easier maintain for Nadal to retain his slim lead. At 30-15, Nadal as soon as once more drew out a netted backhand error from Medvedev with a low backhand slice. Medvedev scuppered the primary sport level by chasing down a good Nadal slice and sweeping it away together with his forehand. On the second sport level, Nadal dragged Medvedev huge with a sequence of typical crosscourt forehands, finally drawing an error.
Rafael Nadal *Three-Three Daniil Medvedev
An unreturned serve and two aces from Medvedev en-route to a fast maintain to 15. That is all very straightforward on his serve thus far.
Now we have already seen a few serve and volley makes an attempt from Nadal and, given Medvedev’s deep return place, we’ll see extra.
He’s unsurprisingly making an attempt to combine up his photographs as a lot as doable and notably to show Medvedev’s flat strokes together with his low, biting slice. Only a few too many errors early on from Nadal.
Rafael Nadal Three-2* Daniil Medvedev
Nadal as soon as once more left himself with some work to do, this time falling down 15-30. He dealt with it effectively as soon as once more, forcing a forehand error from Medvedev after a troublesome, bodily level at 15-30. At 30-30, he switched issues up with a serve and volley try, ending with a stunning backhand drop volley. One additional Medvedev forehand error on sport level sealed the maintain.
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Rafael Nadal *2-2 Daniil Medvedev
No such issues for Medvedev on serve. He breezed by a fast maintain to 30, slamming down a serve-forehand mixture at 15-15 after which a really good drop shot winner at 30-15. On his second sport level, he slammed down an unreturned serve.
Rafael Nadal 2-1* Daniil Medvedev
A very good maintain from Nadal, who saves three break factors in a reasonably lengthy deuce sport. After a couple of sloppy errors from Nadal at deuce to deliver up the break factors, Nadal saved the primary break level due to a Medvedev backhand error. On Medvedev’s second and third break factors, Nadal discovered two huge unreturned serves.
At deuce, Nadal switched issues up, taking part in a terrific drop shot-lob mixture earlier than crushing a forehand down-the-line. He completed with one other unreturned serve. Good work.
Rafael Nadal *1-1 Daniil Medvedev
An excellent begin from Medvedev, too. He opened his first service sport with two brutal backhand winners, one crosscourt and one down-the-line. He reached 40-Zero with an ace, then he closed it out with one other vicious backhand down-the-line, forcing a Nadal backhand error. Each males are already dialled in.
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Rafael Nadal 1-Zero* Daniil Medvedev
A pleasant maintain from Nadal to start. We already bought a glimpse of what is going to work for him right this moment. After a forehand error the primary level, Nadal responded with a fast serve and volley. We will probably be seeing rather more of him on the web.
After being pulled to 30-30, Nadal battered the Medvedev backhand, then swept a stunning inside out forehand winner. At 40-30, Nadal diversified his groundstrokes with slices, crazy backhands and heavy forehands. Ultimately, a slice drew a backhand error.
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Q. You go up towards Daniil Medvedev within the semifinals. How a lot would you say he’s improved for the reason that US Open? I do know it’s a unique format, however he appears a totally totally different participant now. Have you learnt what to anticipate?
RAFAEL NADAL: Effectively, I don’t know if he’s fully totally different participant. I don’t suppose no person is totally totally different participant, no? I feel he’s taking part in nice, however we will’t overlook that final yr he performed superb too. You recognize, he performed the ultimate in Washington, last in Montreal, profitable Cincinnati, last US Open. Then he received in Shanghai and I feel a pair extra tournaments. So higher than that is very troublesome, no? He’s taking part in superb this yr for positive now. He performed semifinals in New York and now profitable in Paris, and profitable two matches right here after all he has loads of confidence and taking part in very, very excessive stage. However we’re within the semifinals of the World Tour Finals so we will’t anticipate one other story, no? Enjoying towards the perfect gamers in fine condition. I do know I must play at my 100% if I need to have possibilities, and that’s what I’m gonna attempt.
Q. Your ideas going into the semifinal, and clearly it’s a whole turnaround from final yr, however your ideas going into taking part in Rafa within the semis.
DANIIL MEDVEDEV: Yeah, as I at all times say, I get pleasure from taking part in Rafa, Novak, and Roger. They’re idols of me rising up after I first began to be fascinated by tennis. Principally after I began taking part in it, Roger was already there I feel profitable nearly every thing. Then Rafa got here to make his marks, after which Novak got here to attempt to disturb them on a regular basis (smiling). So at all times nice to play towards them. Actually trying ahead to the match. Feeling assured. I feel Rafa can be. Performed a terrific match yesterday. I want to indicate my greatest tennis to have the chance to win.
Q. You might have type of talked about the match towards Rafa right here final yr a few instances. How a lot will you consider that type of within the buildup to tomorrow’s match or in no way?
DANIIL MEDVEDEV: Oh, to be trustworthy, in no way, simply when it comes to ways for positive perhaps a little bit bit, keep in mind one thing from final yr, as a result of really I used to be near profitable it, however a brand new match is a brand new match. It’s one yr already. So though everyone knows who’s Rafa, all people adjustments. So I’m positive he modified few small issues in his sport. I modified mine. So new match is rarely the identical. You recognize, even you may play him — as we are saying, in spherical robin you may play, you may win, after which you may lose within the last, one thing like this. I’m simply searching for tomorrow and never considering in any respect about final yr, as I say, besides some tactical factors of view.
Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev have arrived on-court. We are going to start shortly.
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Listed below are highlights from Dominic Thiem’s earlier win over Novak Djokovic.
And listed here are highlights of final yr’s match. It should be mentioned that this encounter ought to have restricted relevance from each. Nadal was nonetheless getting again up to the mark after fighting harm within the week main as much as the ATP Finals and Medvedev was exhausted after his efforts in his breakthrough season.
Listed below are these antics talked about beneath. Traditional.
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Howdy! Welcome to our protection on semi-final day of the ATP Finals from the O2 Area as Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev compete for the second spot in tomorrow’s last.
Earlier right this moment, Dominic Thiem overcame Novak Djokovic in a nervy encounter, squandering 4 match factors within the second set earlier than bulldozing every thing in his path from Zero-Four down within the third set tiebreak to win. After that rematch of the 2020 Australian Open last, we have now a rematch of the 2019 US Open last tonight.
Of all of the excellent performers in London, Medvedev has most likely produced the very best, most constant stage all through and he’s but to drop a set. He even had no issues navigating a probably difficult lifeless rubber towards Diego Schwartzman final evening, swatting apart the Argentine with out losing any vitality. He’s serving, returning, defending and countering at such a excessive stage and this will probably be extraordinarily powerful.
Fortunately for Nadal, he’s additionally taking part in extraordinarily effectively. Though he was unable to search out his greatest tennis within the essential moments, he was one half of one of many highest high quality matches of the yr towards Dominic Thiem, finally shedding in two tiebreaks. Regardless of a brief 10 minute blip from the tip of set two, he produced one other convincing efficiency towards Stefanos Tsitsipas to safe his place on this semi-final.
Nadal, after all, has by no means received the ATP Finals and yearly we have now the identical discussions over his failure to provide his greatest tennis indoors. We should always speak extra about how, notably previously two seasons, he has managed to adapt his sport on this floor. His heavy topspin might not be as troublesome on this floor however he’s producing a few of the greatest serving of his profession and he’s additionally benefiting from his wonderful volleys and web sense by shifting ahead to the online as a lot as he ever has previously. He’s actually enjoyable to observe on this floor and hopefully he will probably be once more right this moment. Let’s see who wins.
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Daniil Medvedev is Zero-Three towards Rafael Nadal, however he’s getting nearer and nearer. After being demolished 6-Three 6-Zero within the Montreal last final yr, they performed a wildly entertaining US Open last during which Medvedev, after the entire antics that led as much as the match, recovered from two units right down to push him to a decent fifth set.
Final yr on the ATP Finals, Medvedev led 5-1 within the third set and held a match level earlier than watching the match slip from his grasp. As he ready for his first match this week, he plainly known as it a choke. Few would argue with him.
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