Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev will face Austrian’s Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s singles final at the London championship.
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In the second semifinal, the Spaniard’s second “spider” defeated Rafael Nadal 3: 6, 7: 6 (4), 6: 3. The Spaniard will not win the last major trophy, which he does not have in his collection, this year either .
Medvedev was more energetic at the start of the game with Nadal and developed two breaking balls in the third game. However, the Spaniard turned them away, which encouraged him. His returns improved and he started to play more aggressively. At 4: 3, he broke through Medvedev’s pass with clean play and, after confirming the break, won the first set in his favor.
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The Russian shook quickly and in the second act he took the lead 3-0 after a quick break. However, Nadal stepped in with his performance in the next few minutes, from a 1: 4 score he had four consecutive games and went into service to win the match. Medvedev did not lay down his arms, equalize with a clear match to 5: 5 and forced a scribe in which he celebrated success.
After the short break, he bounced back to Nadal to 4: 1 and turned 6: 4 into a second set. The fate of the third set was decided by a Tilden “marathon” pearl in the Nadal assembly. Medvedev went ahead 4: 3 after the break and won the scalp for the 20-time Grand Slam champion for the first time. At 5: 3, he converted the first sword ball and redressed the balance between Nadal and 1: 3.
For Medvedev, this was the first victory over Nadal in his career, and after the fight he admitted he felt pity for the Spaniard, as well as Novak Djokovic, who had been eliminated by Thiem. “If you want to beat a player like Nadal, you have to have great hand and backhand and play the whole match honestly. Of course there’s a strong psyche, because you have to count with my opponent told me that Dominic and Daniil will be in the final but the heart was calling for Rafa – Novak. Medvedeva quoted the official ATP website.
After the fight, Nadal regretted special opportunities that were not agreed, but acknowledged the quality of the opponent: “At the start of the match it was better, I had trouble maintaining the service, but then I improved and got a set. In the second was the same ‘song’, but I had a great opportunity in 5: 4, which I lost on whole. I didn’t play a good game, I was nervous, but that’s everyone in a game like that. They decided on the details of where there was a better opponent. “
Singles – Semifinals:
Daniil Medvedev (Rus.-4) – Rafael Nadal (Sp.-2) 3: 6, 7: 6 (4), 6: 3