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Competing in his first ATP Finals semi-final since 2015, Rafael Nadal had a massive chance to advance into the third final at the event he has never conquered. Rafa led 6-3, 5-4 against Daniil Medvedev, but instead of bringing the encounter home in under an hour and a half, the Spaniard allowed the opponent to bounce back and score a 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 triumph, staying empty-handed in his tenth ATP Finals campaign!

 

 

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Medvedev prevailed in two hours and 35 minutes, scoring a vital break at 4-5 in set number two when Rafa served for the win and never looking back. Daniil had 42 winners and 29 unforced errors, leaving Rafa on a 22-30 ratio and securing a final place.

 

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The Russian forged the advantage in the most advanced rallies and saved his best tennis for the last four games to seal the deal and set Dominic Thiem clash. Nadal kicked off the battle with a hold at 30 after forcing a backhand error from Medvedev and had to dig deep in game three.

 

The Spaniard fended off three break chances and brought it home with a service winner to avoid an early setback and gain confidence. Daniil secured the fourth game with an unreturned serve and locked the result for the third time in game six, staying in touch with a great rival.

 

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The younger player lost ground at 3-4, sent a forehand long to suffer a break at love and allow Rafa to seal the set on his serve for 6-3. Medvedev was the more aggressive player in set number two, hitting 21 winners and ten unforced errors.

 

 

The Russian won 12 of the second set’s opening 13 points, securing a break in game two after the Spaniard’s double fault. Daniil landed an ace to open a 4-1 advantage and created another break chance in the next one.

 

 

Daniil Medvedev spoke about victory over Rafael Nadal in London.
Nadal saved it to reduce the deficit and pulled the break with a forehand winner to move 3-4 down. Rafa held at 15 and scored another break in game nine, looking good to seal the deal at 5-4.

 

 

 

Instead of bringing the encounter home, the Spaniard suffered a costly break at love to keep Medvedev in contention and lose ground. The Russian secured a tie break 7-4 after forcing Nadal’s error, introducing the decider after an hour and 47 minutes.

 

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A smash winner clinched a break for Daniil at 3-3, and he cemented the advantage with a solid forehand attack. Returning at 5-3, Medvedev grabbed another break to move over the top and advance into the title clash against Dominic Thiem.

 

 

 

“When Rafa served for the match, I already thought that I would be out of the tournaments in a couple of minutes. It was a pity, as I was in such good shape. I felt I played on the same level as Rafa, with that early break in the second set.

 

 

 

I knew it’s my last chance and that I have to give it all. I knew Rafa would be a bit tight; I hit some good returns and one winner, and out of a sudden, we were back at 5-5. The pressure was on Rafa, and I took advantage of that and beat him. ”

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Rafael Nadal coy over Tiger Woods help as injury ‘not under control’ at Australian Open

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Rafael Nadal has not revealed if he will seek advice from Tiger Woods on his back injury.

Rafael Nadal has refused to confirm if he has spoken to Tiger Woods regarding his back injury. Nadal is still suffering with the injury which forced him to withdraw from the ATP Cup matches against Alex de Minaur and Stefanos Tsitsipas last week. The Spaniard has made it through to the third round of the Australian Open though after beating Michael Mmoh in straight sets on Thursday.

 

 

After the win over Mmoh, Nadal was asked if he would be talking to Woods for advice on the issue.

But the 34-year-old was not giving anything away in his press conference.

 

“If I am talking to him, it’s something between him and me, and that’s it,” Nadal said.

“Sorry for that. I can’t say private conversations here.”

Nadal gave a worrying update on his condition, saying it is “not under control”.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion says he will continue to search for solutions to aid the issue.

“No, not under control, honestly,” he added. “No, I am going to keep doing the things that I can.

Nadal will face Brit Cameron Norrie in the third round on Saturday. Norrie overcame Roman Safiullin in four sets in the second round.

The South Africa-born star says he is looking forward to the challenge.

“Sweet. For someone like me, I don’t think about the draw but I saw yesterday he was next to me,” Norrie said when told he would face Nadal.

“I’ve never played him before so it will be a great match, a great experience. I can’t wait to show him what I’ve got.”

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‘When there are Federer, Nadal, Djokovic with that determination…’, says expert

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Sometimes everything can change in a few hours. What seemed like a failed and unfortunate Australian campaign for world number one Novak Djokovic, has evolved over the shifts into a veritable manifestation of technical skills and mental strength by the Serbian, capable of annihilating Medvedev in the final and to interrupt the streak of consecutive victories of the Russian that had begun at the master thousand in Paris-Bercy with a caesura worthy of an executioner.

Yes, because the one in Melbourne was a tournament which, even before confirming Nole’s tennis superiority on those fields, rewarded and sublimated the resilience of the Serb, his mentality. In the period of his tennis resurrection, the Serb – who is about a year younger than Rafael Nadal and nearly six years younger than Roger Federer – benefited from their decline in performance to gnaw his own disadvantage in terms of Big Titles.

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To understand how much, just think that from July three years ago to today, the Spaniard has won seven tournaments (3 Majors and 3 Masters 1000) and the Davis Cup, while the Swiss has raised five cups to the sky (the most important of which is the Masters 1000 in Miami 2019, the other four titles are ATP 500) and grabbed three finals.

We will see how much these three legends of our sport will still want to win: however, their greatness has long since been immeasurable and no statistics will be able to enclose and order it. Pepe Imaz recently claimed that World No.

1 Novak Djokovic has done a lot of work on his inner self over the last few years, which has helped him tremendously on the professional front as well.

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“Novak Djokovic has spent years working on himself, his interior, understanding that when one is better inside, everything he does, he does it with more harmony, and (does it) better at the end of the day,” Pepe Imaz stated.

Pepe Imaz went on to explain that the work Novak Djokovic has done has helped him over the last year in particular, which has been a difficult one for the entire world. “In this difficult year that we have all lived, Novak Djokovic has become even more aware of the importance of what is the human being, the family and prioritizing things,” Imaz said.

“I think that has helped him. The calm that you get through the result, that does not depend on you, you can have it today and not tomorrow,” he went on. “The intrinsic calm is more solid and goes within you, that is the one you have to nurture.”

During the interview, Pepe Imaz also touched upon Novak Djokovic’s quest to break the record for most Grand Slams in men’s tennis. The Serb’s Australian Open title marked his 18th Major, taking him to within two of the all-time record which is jointly held by rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

“Novak Djokovic’s desire and goal at a professional and tennis level is to achieve the maximum possible Grand Slams,” Imaz said. “He has it in his sights, and he has a lot of determination. But when there are 3 people with that determination, it is not easy,” he added.

“Rafa and Novak are people with impressive mental strength. It will be nice to see what happens year after year.”

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Is Venus Williams close to retirement?

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Venus Williams, seven-time Grand Slam single and 16-time double Grand Slam title holder nearing retirement: is it time to say goodbye?

Venus said to HollywoodLife: “I still have a lot of work to do on the pitch. My mind when I wake up every day is still there.

I don’t know what my plans are. I don’t think there is a limit or a maximum. I don’t mean that we have a plan.

I’m not going to quit is the best way to put it. I still have a lot to do on the court, so I’ll still focus on all of that.”

Her first Grand Slam came at age 20 when she won the Wimbledon championship in July 2000.

She and her sister Serena would later become two of the most beloved tennis figures in the history of the Game. and, especially women of color, to practice this sport.

Venus is still ready to take the court and win her games, despite recent disappointing results at the Australian Open 2021, where she was defeated by the Italian Sara Errani after a very controversial match.

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