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ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal Produces Astonishing Comeback To Beat Daniil Medvedev

ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal Produces Astonishing Comeback To Beat Daniil Medvedev :- Rafael Nadal came back from the dead against Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday to keep his ATP Finals hopes alive and boost his chances of finishing as the year-end number one. The Spanish veteran was on the brink of defeat when facing a match point on his own serve after being broken twice in the deciding set but stormed back to win 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).

Rafael Nadal Produces Astonishing Comeback To Beat Daniil Medvedev

Nadal is on a double mission in London i.e. aiming to win the end-of-season event for the first time in his illustrious career and to secure the year-end number one spot.

Russia’s Medvedev, who has won two Masters titles this season, took the first set on a tie-break to leave Nadal staring down the barrel.

However, the Spanish veteran broke his 23-year-old opponent early in the second set, repeating the trick to level the match.

But Medvedev was quickly into his stride in the decider set, sprinting to the net to dispatch a cross-court backhand past his opponent and earn a double break.

Nadal, who came into the tournament under an injury cloud, avoided the embarrassment of a “bagel”, which looked a distinct possibility at one stage. The 19-time Grand Slam champion fended off a match point on his own serve and then, roared on by the crowd, broke Medvedev twice to level the match at 5-5 and edged ahead 6-5.

But just when it seemed Medvedev was slipping inexorably towards defeat, he managed to hit the reset button and hold to take the third set into a tie-break.

Medvedev was first to falter in the shootout, hitting a regulation forehand wide to hand Nadal two match points and he sealed the win on the next point.

Notably, the Spaniard has qualified 15 straight times for the ATP Finals but has never clinched the title. He has also won a record six times by Roger Federer and five times by Djokovic.

In the evening match on Wednesday, the two youngest players in the top 10 of the ATP rankings square off, with Stefanos Tsitsipas, 21, taking on defending champion Alexander Zverev, who is 22.

Zverev beat Nadal on Monday for his third consecutive victory at the eight-man ATP Finals against the “Big Three”, dating back to last year’s tournament, while Tsitsipas beat Medvedev for the first time in his career.

Dominic Thiem has already secured one of the qualification spots in Group Bjorn Borg, leaving Roger Federer and Djokovic to scrap it out on Thursday for the remaining place from the four-man pool. However, Nadal’s tournament fate is not in his own hands though. He must beat Tsitsipas and hope that Medvedev beats Zverev.

Even if he does not reach the semis, Nadal tightened his grip on the number one ranking as Novak Djokovic now must win the title to have a chance of overtaking him. Meanwhile, Djokovic is going to face Roger Federer on Thursday in a must-win match for both the players.