Former World No.1 Rafael Nadal will now face Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals 2020. And while Spanish and Russian met three times at the tour so far, Rafa has 3-0 win-loss record against Dani.
Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev – Preview
Rafael Nadal will play against World No.4 in a knockout encounter at the year-end tournament on Saturday. 20-times Grand Slam Champion has confirmed his semifinal spot after a match down in the round-robin stage.
Defending Champion Stefanos Tsitispas and Rafael Nadal met a highly anticipated match for a semifinal place on Thursday. A tight battle went on for more than two hours, and eventually, Spaniard overcame Greek after a set down.
Before reaching the third final at the season-ending tournament, Nadal must be overcome Daniil Medvedev, who was defeated by Spanish great at the 2019 ATP Finals group stage.
Yet, 24-years-old Russian is now in a great form as compared with last year at the O2. Additionally, Medvedev bagged an indoor court title at the Paris-Bercy before he was arriving in the United Kingdom.
Daniil arrived the semifinal of the ATP Finals for the first time in his career. He outlasted the US Open finalist Alexander Zverev, World No.1, Novak Djokovic, and the French Open Semifinalist Diego Schwartzman in the group stage. Moreover, Medvedev won all round-robin matches without losing a single set.
However, Daniil Medvedev has faced a setback until the French Open since tennis tour resumption, but he is now in the best form when he starts to play in indoors.
Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev – Head-To-Head
The top ten players faced each other three times in the ATP tours so far. World No.2 Nadal leads in the head to head record against World No.4 Medvedev 3-0.
In the last meeting, Spaniard defeated the Russian after an epic comeback from 1-5 down during the match decider previous year at the O2. Earlier, Rafael Nadal bested Daniil Medvedev at the 2019 Rogers Cup and the US Open as well.
Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev – Prediction
Nadal has changed his playing strategy since he returns to tennis tour after a six-month break. He is now trying new things in London as well. On the other hand, Medvedev is scaring his opponents with flat shots and underarm serves.
However, Rafael Nadal will have more chance to win this battle because of previous meeting results and his recent performance at the indoors.
Prediction: Rafael Nadal to win three sets(2-1).
Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev – Match Facts
Rivals: Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev
Tournament: ATP Finals 2020
Surface: Indoor Hard Court
Venue: O2 Arena, London, Great Britain