Former world number one Rafael Nadal has been playing his 16th consecutive ATP Finals since Sunday. After a match down, Spaniard has confirmed his sixth semifinals appearance at the year-end championships. Nevertheless, Rafa will encounter with Russian Daniil Medvedev for an event final place.
Nadal will play the 2019 US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev in the second straight year at the Nitto ATP Finals. The 24-years-old Russian, who recently won a title at Rolex Paris Masters and entered into top four at the ATP ranking table.
And also, Medvedev is the first player to reach semifinals from 1970 Tokyo Group after beating World No.1 Djokovic and US Open 2020 runner up Zverev.
On the other hand, the world number two arrived in London after a back-to-back stunning performance at the Rome Masters, Roland Garros and Rolex Paris Masters. Especially, Spaniard claimed his 13th French Open title amidst unfavoured conditions.
Speaking ahead of Daniil Medvedev’s semifinal clash at the ATP Finals 2020, the 34-years-old said, “I really want to play against probably the player who is playing the best the last two weeks, and I’m excited about that. Let’s see. [It will be] an incredible challenge, and I hope to be ready for it.“
Rafael Nadal: Road To Semifinal at the ATP Finals 2020
The King of Clay holds several records on his name, but he never wins a title at the top eight players event, where he played final twice. However, Rafael Nadal is now playing his best with intending to win the first crown.
And while Rafa stunned debutant Andrey Rublev without losing a set, he overcame the defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in the three sets.
With a loss against US Open Champion Dominic Thiem, Spanish legend reserved his semifinal place at the O2 this year.
After a crucial game against Greek Tsitispas, the 20-times Grand Slam winner expressed, “I feel good, but I also played great tournaments in the past. It is true that I never won, but sometimes you play well, and you don’t win. That is normal in this sport because the other players are also very good.”
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