World Nº1 Rafael Nadal plays against Daniil Medvedev in the Round Robin of Nitto ATP Finals. Both players lost their first round, against Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas respectively, so this game will be crucial for their hopes in the competition. Specially for Nadal, as the Nº1 spot is on the line.
Last time Nadal met Medvedev was at the US Open Final, beating the Russian in 5 sets to secure his 19th Grand Slam title. Nadal arrives at the end of the 2019 season on top of the ATP rankings, but it isn't safe to say that the Spaniard will finish the season as Nº1. Nadal needs at least a win in round-robin to force Djokovic to win the event in order to be Nº1 at the end of the year. Rafael Nadal has only 7 losses in 57 matches in 2019, with his best results being the tiltes in Rome, Paris, Montreal (where he beat Medvedev in straight sets) and New York for the US Open Final.
The Russian is living a dream this season, reaching a career high rank Nº4. Besides his fantastic run at the US Open, Medvedev won 4 titles this season, namely Sofia, Cincinnati, St. Peterburg and Shanghai, establishing an impressive 34-8 hard court record in 2019. His campaign in the ATP Finals started with a surprising defeat against Stefanos Tsitsipas, so this game is crucial for Medvedev to maintain his chances in the competition.
The head to head between the players is 2-0 for Nadal, with the two wins coming this season in Montreal and in the US Open Finals.
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