“Match Was Crazy”: Daniil Medvedev Reveals Favourite ATP 1000 Match Involving Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

Published 08/21/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Aug 15, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Daniil Medvedev of Russia waves to fans after defeating Reilly Opelka of the United States in the finals of the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports


Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev is in top form at the moment. He has dominated over the recent events during the US Open Series. He won the title in Montreal in the past week and has booked a spot in the semifinal of the Cincinnati Open 2021. 

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Recently, Daniil Medvedev spoke about his best match in an ATP 1000 event. He made a revelation stating that it was during the ATP Rome Masters when Roger Federer took on Rafael Nadal in the final. The match was decided in five sets, with the Spaniard prevailing 7-6 in the fifth and final set of that match. 

Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Rafael Nadal of Spain stand together before their Men’s Singles final match on day fourteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 08, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Reflecting on that match, Medvedev stated, “I was young, so I’m not sure I saw it all, but it was in Rome [in 2006] where Rafa played Roger and they played this crazy five-set final. I was so young that I don’t even remember who won, I would [guess] Rafa, but saving match points. This match was crazy.”

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Daniil Medvedev reached his second Grand Slam final this year

Reflecting on the Russian star players season so far, he began competing in Melbourne and was the finalist, losing to Novak Djokovic in the final. After that, he won his first main draw match at the French Open and came as far as the quarterfinal. 

Aug 19, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Daniil Medvedev (RUS) in action during his match against Grigor Dimitrov (BUL, not pictured) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

At the Wimbledon Championships, he lost in the fourth round. However, these results achieved by him in this season have been the best performances in his career. 

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During this time of the season on the hardcourts, Daniil brings his best tennis to show. He has been a finalist at the US Open in 2019, losing to Rafael Nadal in five sets. At the moment, he is looking strong and it will take some doing for the other players to get past him. We wish him the best of luck for the upcoming matches. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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