World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev reveals Rafael Nadal is the player he would bring with himself if he was stranded on a desert island. Tennis TV uploaded a video in which several players were asked which player they would choose to bring with themselves if they were stranded on a desert island.
“I need to take somebody who’s going to help me survive, to maybe cooking food, to maybe… get food,” Medvedev said, according to Sportskeeda. “So I need someone strong mentally, I would say, Rafa! Why? Because he is capable to adapt to any situation.
I’m not sure if he would be happy to have me there, but I would be happy to have him there.” Jannik Sinner and Kei Nishikori also picked Nadal. “I would say one of the best… now it’s tough to say but I would say one more time Rafa,” Sinner said.
“He is the best or one of the best in this sport. So, you know, I can only just learn.” Nishikori added: “I would say Rafa, because he’s strong. Mentally, he’s the strongest on the tour so he can be pretty tough.”
Medvedev suffered a disappointing loss in Melbourne
Medvedev was on the verge of winning his first Australian Open title but instead he finished runner-up at Melbourne Park for the second time in his career. Medvedev had a two-set lead before Nadal stormed back to win 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5.
“It was a huge match, for sure some small points, small details that I could have done better if I wanted to win. But that’s tennis, that’s life,” Medvedev said after the Australian Open final. “(It) was a huge match.
Rafa played unreal, raised his level. I mean, two sets to love up, I was like, ‘C’mon, just go for him, go for more’ “In (the) fifth set, I was like ‘make him run.’ He was unreal. He was really strong, like the way he played, at four hours I was even surprised.”