ATP Finals 2019 – Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev taking place? The O2 Arena, London

When is Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev on and what time does it start? Wednesday 13th November, 2019 – 14:00 (UK)

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev on? BBC Two

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev? https://www.nittoatpfinals.com/en/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev? Rafael Nadal beat Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4

THE LOWDOWN

RAFAEL NADAL

  • It is unclear as to how much Rafael Nadal’s recent abdominal injury affected his performance on Monday night but he lost in straight sets to the reigning ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev and looked far from his best.
  • The new world number one likely has to beat both Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas in order to progress and have any real chance of retaining the year-end No.1 spot with Novak Djokovic looking so strong in Group B.
  • Nadal has played Daniil Medvedev twice this year, including their astounding US Open final back in September, and has beat the Russian both times on hard courts.

DANIIL MEDVEDEV

  • World number four Daniil Medvedev came into the ATP Finals as one of the favourites to win the tournament but lost quite shockingly to an inspired Stefanos Tsitsipas for the first time in six career meetings.
  • The 23-year-old had won his previous 11 tiebreaks before losing the first set to Tsitsipas, dating back to the Citi Open finals loss to Nick Kyrgios that signalled the Russian’s sparkling late-season form.
  • It will be interesting to see how Medvedev responds as his early exit to Jeremy Chardy at the Paris Masters a fortnight ago was his first unreasonable loss since the Citi Open, considering his only two defeats in between were to his opponent here Rafael Nadal.

THE PREDICTION

This match has a lot to live up to after the blockbuster that was the US Open final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev, but both players enter this some way below the levels they were capable of on that night at Flushing Meadows. With Nadal dealing with some potential fitness issues, and Medvedev looking flabbergasted in places against Stefanos Tsitsipas, this should come down to the occasion and whomever can recover from the ghost of their first loss. With Rafa Nadal desperate to retain his newly claimed world number one spot, the pressure is on him to perform, but with each match played together Medvedev gets closer to his first win over the Spaniard, which could be here in London.

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