Nadal storms back against Medvedev to keep ATP Finals dream alive

Rafael Nadal and Mery 'Xisca' Perell

Enlarge Image Rafael Nadal and Mery'Xisca Perelló Fundacion Rafa Nadal via Getty Images

Nadal married his childhood sweetheart, Xisca Perello, in Spain last month. and in his first big competition at the ATP World Tour Finals since the nuptials, he got wrecked by Alexander Zverev in straight sets, 6-2 6-4.

"And I know from my personal experience how tough it is to close out matches, especially when you have two breaks in front and you lose the first one".

"Today is one of those days that one out of 1,000 you win and it happened today", Nadal said.

In a dramatic press-conference scene, Rafael Nadal, after he had lost his first group stage match in the ATP World Tour Finals to Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-4, was asked a question that seemed to anger the 19-time Grand Slam victor.

"How many years have you been with your (partner)?" asked the Spaniard, drawing laughs from the reporters. "In that moment, you play with not much pressure because you are nearly lost".

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Those odds turned out to be more than good enough for the top-ranked Spaniard.

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, which he won to claim the contest 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

"Tonight, you were playing very short many times".

"I played a great point, and then I was able to save that game".

It was Nadal's first major competition since tying the knot. I need to be there.

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Rafael Nadal hits a forehand in his comeback win over Daniil Medvedev at the ATP Finals.

The 33-year-old's hopes of progression to the semi-finals rest on his meeting with Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday. And then of course he made couple of mistakes, no?

His 6-7 6-3 7-6 victory means that Novak Djokovic has to win the title if he is to take the world No 1 position back for the end of the year.

"I don't think I have experienced too many matches like this where my opponent just goes for every single shot", said Djokovic after a 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 defeat to Thiem that mirrored the Medvedev scoreline.

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