The Masters still refuses Rafael Nadal. The Mallorcan will not win this Sunday in London the last major title that is lacking in his record. He lost in the semi-finals, his 3rd in the Masters tournament, ahead of Daniil Medvedev in 3 sets.
Beaten 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-3, Nadal can harbor regrets. He was, in fact, used to win the match at 5-4 in the second set to, he thought, crown a very good comeback. Didn’t he just save a 5-1 ball?
But his back to the wall, Medvedev could delight “white” the service of the world no.2 before winning the tie-break to tie a round everywhere and fly over the third set.
The Russian will be keen to take revenge on Doominic Thiem. The Austrian, it is recalled, had beaten him this summer in the semifinals of the US Open which was a final before the letter.
Sunday’s final will crown an unprecedented winner. With this poster between Medvedev and Thiem, “executioners” on Saturday of the 2 best players in the world, it may finally symbolize this long-awaited changing of the guard.
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