Daniil Medvedev reflects on heartbreaking Australian Open final loss to Rafael Nadal
World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev said he thought Rafael Nadal played “amazing” in the Australian Open final and added one of the most impressive things about the Spaniard is his ability to find a solution when he is in a difficult situation.
Nadal, 36, created one of the most stunning comeback in tennis history earlier this year when he played Nadal in the Australian Open final. Medvedev appeared to be cruising toward a straight-set win but Nadal recovered to win in five sets 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5.
Medvedev was up by two sets, had a 3-2 lead in the third set and also had three consecutive break points in the sixth game, but Nadal saved those break points and won the final in five sets. For the second year in a row, Medvedev finished runner-up at Melbourne Park.
Medvedev: Nadal always finds a solution
“We both played a great game. He was stronger than me. I had a unique opportunity with two sets to love, 3-2 and 0-40. But he played amazing. These things happen in tennis. It is not the first time that someone has lost a match that they are winning, especially against Nadal,” Medvedev told Diario de Mallorca, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
“His talent and his way of fighting are incredible. He always finds a solution at the most difficult moment of the match. It is very difficult to play against him.” This week, Medvedev will try to defend his Mallorca title.
After a first round bye, first-seeded Medvedev is set to take on fellow Russian Aslan Karatsev in the round-of-16. “I will try to win. In my last two tournaments, I have reached the final, which is not too bad. It means that you have been better than many of your rivals, but I did not play well enough. I will have to improve to win the tournament,” said Medvedev.