Medvedev vs Nadal: Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal is set to continue his 2019 ATP Finals campaign on Tuesday. At this stage of the tournament, Rafael Nadal will play against Daniil Medvedev from Russia. Both Medvedev and Nadal lost their opening fixtures meaning that both players must win this match to keep their tournament Medvedev vs Nadal Live.Rafael Nadal was beaten by Alexander Zverev in the opening round.
Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev battled in a five-set epic in the US Open final, with the Russian forging a memorable comeback before the lefty showed his steely resolve to earn a 19th Grand Slam title. Both will need to bring their best to The O2 on Wednesday as they seek to earn their first victory of the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals.
Nadal leads Medvedev 2-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, with both of their matches coming this year. They are used to high stakes, with their previous battles coming in the final of an ATP Masters 1000 event (Montreal) and a Grand Slam (Flushing Meadows). It will be no different in London, as they try to avoid going 0-2 in Group Andre Agassi play.
Nadal withdrew from his Rolex Paris Masters semi-final less than two weeks ago due to an abdominal strain. But the Spaniard said after his straight-sets loss on Monday against Alexander Zverev that he felt fine, and simply did not play well enough to beat the German.
“It was not a problem with the abdominal at all. I did not feel pain in the abdominal at all. Just Sascha played well and [I] played bad, honestly. We can find reasons or excuses, but at the end of the day, [all that] really matters is I need to play much better,” Nadal said. “I stay positive. I stay competitive, something that [against Zverev] I was not. That’s the thing that I am more disappointed [about], because knowing that I will not be at my 100 per cent in terms of feelings, in terms of movement, in terms of confidence or hitting the ball, I needed my best competitive spirit [against Zverev], and I was not there in that way.”
Nadal will look to turn that around against Medvedev, who in falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped consecutive matches for the first time since June. He will have to raise his level against Nadal, who has lost his first two round-robin matches at the Nitto ATP Finals just once (2009) in eight appearances.
“I’m struggling a little bit with finding back my level I had in the USA and Shanghai and St. Petersburg, which is… I think normal for any sportsman, and that’s what is amazing about the top three, Big Three and Murray before, that even when you kind of look at them and you think, ‘Okay, they are not playing as good as they can’, they still win these matches,” said Medvedev, who recently advanced to the final of six straight tour-level events he played. “That’s what I’m missing right now, and that’s what I’m going to try to work on and still have two matches to come. Hopefully [I] can play them better.”
Medvedev, the fourth seed, has earned eight Top 10 wins this season, making his career’s total nine. As a tournament debutant — two years after competing in the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan — Medvedev seeks his first victory at the Nitto ATP Finals.
t’s a repeat of their epic US Open final, which Nadal won in five sets after fending off a fierce fightback from Medvedev.
Seeded first and fourth respectively, Nadal and Medvedev are the highest ranked players in their group, but they are having to play catch-up early on after losing their respective opening matches on Monday. Nadal was comprehensively dismissed by an inspired Alexander Zverev- the defending champion winning 6-2 6-4- while Medvedev was edged out by Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 6-4.
The beauty of the round-robin format of the Nitto ATP Finals is that it gives the players a second chance, and possibly a third chance to rectify a poor result- and whoever wins on Wednesday gets right back on track in the hunt for semi-final places. However, defeat could result into elimination from the tournament, depending on the outcome of the later match between Tsitsipas and Zverev.
The 33-year-old Nadal arrived London under a heavy injury cloud, after failing to take the court for his Paris Masters semi-final against Denis Shapovalov due to an abdominal injury, and there were more question marks over his fitness following his lopsided loss to Zverev in his opening match on Monday night. The Spaniard however insisted that he was fully fit for the match, even though he suggested that he might have been lacking match sharpness because of his inability to train properly in the days leading up to the tournament.
“No complaint about the physical condition. No pain in abdominal. That’s the only positive thing, honestly. That’s all. Happy the way that [the] abdominal [felt], and hopefully I can continue like this, because it’s true that I was not able to create a lot of practice and a lot of effort on that part of the body since last Saturday,” Nadal said.
“I stay positive. I stay competitive, something that today I was not… That’s the thing that I am more disappointed [with], because knowing that I will not be at my 100 per cent in terms of feelings, in terms of movement, in terms of confidence or hitting the ball, I needed my best competitive spirit this afternoon, and I was not there in that way.”