VIDEO: Nadal was eliminated from the London Masters

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London (United Kingdom), 21/11/2020.- Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during their semi final match at the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London, Britain, 21 November 2020. (Tenis, Rusia, España, Reino Unido, Londres) EFE/EPA/ANDY RAIN

Hidalgo Sport. Agencies.- Rafael Nadal was denied the London Masters again, after being defeated in the semifinals by Daniil Medvedev 3-6, 7-6 (4) and 6-3, and will face Austrian Dominic Thiem in the final .

After showing a level close to excellence throughout the group stage, counting his three games as victories and having bagged six of six sets, Medvedev reached these semifinals with the air of a favorite. He had beaten Novak Djokovic on the way.

The Russian, in his checkered uniform and his game even more checkered, adhered to the rallies and long exchanges. A scenario that was comfortable for Nadal.

Nor was Moscow very fine at the service and although the game was going slowly, it was going firmly for the interests of the two players. Nadal began suffering, who had to save three balls from ‘break’ in the third game, but the balance was soon reversed.

Nadal went 0-40 and broke him. He found the crack in the robot and caused a short circuit. That’s why Medvedev crashed the racket the next game, when Nadal was already rushing into a first set cooked over low heat, but perfect in the result.

With 4-4 and a ‘break’ ball in favor of Nadal, a backhand balloon from the Spanish flew over the Russian’s head. There the meeting marched. If he entered, Nadal would be a serve from the final, but to start over.

And I go in. And with him the hopes of the final were opened, but a horrible next game by Rafael Nadal gave the Russian an extra life. With 5-4 in favor and serve, Nadal lost it blank. He gave a thread of life to Medvedev, who led the game to the tiebreaker and equalized taking advantage of the failures.

In equal sets, a detail would decide the match and Nadal seemed the most likely to concede it. He had dropped the bar a lot and Medvedev looked like at any moment he would break out and accelerate to victory. He needed four chances, but he managed to break the resistance of the Spaniard, who was playing all the important points badly.




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