Daniil Medvedev reflects on the heartbreaking Australian Open final loss to Rafael Nadal

World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev said he thought Rafael Nadal played “fantastic” in the Australian Open final, adding that 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, made one of the most amazing comebacks in tennis history earlier this year when he played against Nadal in the Australian Open final. Medvedev appeared to be on track for a straight-set victory, but Nadal managed 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 breakpoints in the sixth game, but Nadal saved those breakpoints and won the final in five sets. For the second year in a row, Medvedev finished second at Melbourne Park.

Medvedev: Nadal always finds a solution

“We both played a great match. He was stronger than me. I had a unique opportunity with two sets to love, 3-2 and 0-40. But he played great. These things happen in tennis. This is not the first time that someone has lost a match that they win, 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 in 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 farewell in the first round, first-seeded Medvedev is ready to take on Russian colleague Aslan Karatsev in the 16th round. “I will try to win. In my last two tournaments I have reached the final, which is not so bad. That means 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.

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