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Sport Nadal produces stunning ATP Finals comeback to deny Medvedev

04:10  14 november  2019
04:10  14 november  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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RAFAEL NADAL 'S staged one of the greatest comebacks of his career to give his hopes of ending the year as the world No1 and winning the ATP Finals Rafael Nadal fought back from 5-1 down in the third set to somehow beat Daniil MedvedevCredit: PA:Press Association. But after saving match point

Rafael Nadal produced a stunning comeback to beat Daniil Medvedev and keep his ATP Finals hopes alive. Medvedev 's hopes of reaching the semi- finals will be in tatters if Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Alexander Zverev in tonight's session .

Rafael Nadal © Getty Images Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal produced a stunning comeback to boost his progression chances at the ATP Finals, saving a match point before sealing a captivating 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-4) victory over Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev looked destined to gain a measure of vengeance for his loss to Nadal in this year's US Open final when he broke twice and took a 5-1 lead in the third set at the O2 Arena in London.

However, the world number one, who said he was not hampered by an abdominal injury and simply wanted to up his competitive level after losing his round-robin opener to defending champion Alexander Zverev, won five games in a row to force a tie-break.

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Rafael Nadal is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after producing a stunning comeback against Daniil Medvedev to ensure his ATP Finals hopes remain Rafael Nadal produced a mesmerising comeback to defeat Daniil Medvedev 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 in his second group match of the ATP Finals .

Rafael Nadal produced a remarkable comeback to keep his ATP Finals hopes alive (Image: GETTY). Meanwhile, after the match Nadal explained what went through his mind when he was 5-1 down in the Rafael Nadal apologises to Daniil Medvedev after producing stunning ATP Finals comeback .

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Medvedev seemed to have lost his composure and made several sarcastic gestures towards his box before finally succumbing, leaving the ATP Finals debutant on the brink of elimination after second straight loss.

Nadal attacked the net to good effect in the early exchanges, though when facing the first break point in game seven it was a looping passing shot from the baseline at the end of a 35-shot rally that kept the set on serve.

The set went to a tie-break and Medvedev's forehand into the corner earned a mini-break to start, but Nadal hit straight back with his first point on the Russian's serve since game four.

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Russian star Daniil Medvedev is facing an early exit from the ATP Finals in London after throwing away a decisive lead in the final set of his match with world There's no way to deny it, Medvedev choked but Rafa didn't give up, the hold before he got the 2 breaks back was vital, he even fistpumped after it

Daniil Medvedev suffered a third-set meltdown as he lost to Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals in London, leaving the Russian staring at an Medvedev was leading 5-1 in the decisive third set and had match point but threw it away as Nadal rattled off five successive games to take the match into a tie-break

Rafael Nadal © Getty Images Rafael Nadal

Medvedev dominated Nadal's usually imperious groundstrokes and a rare error from the 33-year-old gave his opponent a chance to serve out the set, which he did not pass up.

The 19-time grand slam champion pumped his fist after starting the second with a break and he came from 0-30 down to consolidate it.

Medvedev appeared to become frustrated as he struggled to make in-roads – frequently giving a thumbs up in the direction of his box following lost points – and a double fault preceded a wayward forehand on Nadal's third set point.

An unforced error gifted the Russian a break at the start of the decider and, after the top seed failed to take two chances to get it back on serve, Medvedev produced an ace to move 2-0 up.

Rafael Nadal © Getty Images Rafael Nadal

The world number four pounced on a poor drop-volley from Nadal by whipping a backhand pass into the far corner for a second break that looked sure to prove decisive.

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Daniil Medvedev suffered a third-set meltdown as he lost to Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals in London, leaving the Russian staring at Medvedev was leading 5-1 in the decisive third set but threw away the match as Nadal rattled off five successive games to take the match into a tie-break, which he won to

Nadal produced a brilliant comeback after finding himself 5-1 down in the third and final set. Medvedev failed to hold his nerve nerve as he Nadal and Medvedev shake hands following their thrilling encounter at the O2 Arena. Nadal soaks up the adulation of the crowd after keeping his ATP

However, Nadal staved off two more break points and a match point as he reduced the arrears and somehow clawed his way back into the set.

He forced the set back on serve when Medvedev failed to get a volley at the net across and the Russian's composure was shot, with Nadal successfully challenging a backhand that was called in to complete a memorable turnaround.

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