Those who have not seen the first set and who will only stop at the score (6-3) will think that Nadal will have dominated. Well not at all, up to 4-3 for the Spaniard, it was Medvedev, with 100% first serves, who seemed the most serene by pocketing his games quickly as Nadal rowed to get by in saving in particular three break points at 1-1.
Then in the space of a few minutes, the winner of Roland Garros took advantage of a drop in Medvedev’s speed to break him and take the first round. Winner of the last 71 games where he pocketed the first set, the Mallorcan had a complicated start to the second set, being led 1-4, ball 1-5 for the Russian.
But the latter lost his focus, began to water with his backhand and saw Nadal put on four sets to serve for the game at 5-4. But the world No. 2 forgot his killer side and found himself in the tie-break where Medvedev’s quality of service made the difference. A very useful weapon in the last round where Nadal hung on his games before cracking at 3-3 and leaving the Muscovite to win for the first time against him.