Rafael Nadal’s wait for a title on a hard indoor court continued on Saturday night as he was stunned by an exciting fight from Daniil Medvedev

Nadal, the World No 2 from Spain, won his last title on the surface in 2005 and has won just two of his 86 ATP indoor titles

The ATP final remains the biggest title to have escaped the 20-time Grand Slam champion in his illustrious career, but it was a particularly painful defeat

Serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, he was broken in love and this turned out to be the spark that sparked a relentless comeback from Medvedev

Nadal followed Novak Djokovic out of the tournament after No.1 loss to Medvedev’s last opponent, Dominic Thiem

This is the first time the duo have lost on the same day since Indian Wells in 2017 and they both lost to Medvedev and Thiem in this tournament

No player has been in this tournament more times (10) than Nadal without winning the title but he refused to blame for not serving the match under pressure

“I don’t know I think I was successful enough not to find an excuse for the pressure,” said Nadal, who denied having any physical problems at the end of the match

“I know that I have won enough matches and tournaments in an even more difficult situation than this and even in matches bigger than tonight So I don’t feel that

“I feel like I played a bad game Of course you are nervous to win the game But not me Everyone It’s normal to have the tension I think he played good points and I’m making some mistakes

“And that’s it, then he played a good tie-break Yeah And I played, I should win my serve in the third, the one I lost I had an easy volley to close the match

“Small details make a big difference Just done right for him and not good enough for me”

Looking ahead to 2021, Nadal added: “My goal is still the same: to go to all tournaments and give me a chance to compete well and try to win it

“This is the goal of each year My motivation has always been the same Next year will be an important year I hope to be ready to fight for the things I want to fight I will work hard during the season dead to be ready for the start “

Medvedev, who can become the first player since Djokovic to win the title in his second ATP Finals appearance after losing every game in his debut, will seek revenge for a semi-final loss to Thiem at the US Open and aware of how difficult it will be

“At 5-4 in the second set I decided to change some things in the mall and start going a little further I had to change and it worked really well,” said the Russian during his interview in the field

“Dominic is playing amazingly at the moment I practiced with him and we had some good rallies, a very good level of tennis”

Nadal, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem

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Source: https://metro.co.uk/2020/11/21/rafael-nadal-reacts-to-failing-to-serve-out-match-vs-daniil-medvedev-13634395/