For all talks of Nadal choking, Medvedev was choking as much as him ,but steadied himself to win.

ForehandCross

Hall of Fame
I watched whatever was available on the net as I had missed it live.

It seems Mad was doing very well on serve and only played one weird service game led him to lose the first.

Then he led the second set but again lost his focus.

He played great to get the break,Nadal helped but still.

Medvedev had this coming after the USO and last year WTF.


Nadal can't always escape.
 

StrongRule

G.O.A.T.
As if this was the first time. Nadal's mental strength is now the worst in the top-10 I'd say. He just can't play big points anymore. He is terrible in tiebreaks. Always gets tight when serving for sets/matches. Sometimes he gets away with it, sometimes he doesn't. And no need to bring the age excuse. Djokovic is 33 and he is mentally stronger than ever. 15-2 in tiebreaks this year.
 

ibbi

Legend
Honestly, I'd say all of the preoccupation with MUG's and choking and mental strength primarily almost 100% came from people who clearly don't have a lick of 'mental strength', if you know what I mean.
 

3loudboys

Hall of Fame
Med played some fantastic tennis yesterday and both had their chances. When Rafa served for it Med played a fantastic return game. The choke tags are harsh, Rafa had served sub par all match.

Watching the match and reviewing the stats Meds better serve was a huge influence on the outcome. Med had 70% 1st serves in and Rafa 56%. Both won 3 out of 4 points on first serve.

Second serve was equally in Meds favour with him winning half of his seconds whilst Rafa down to 37%.

Med now beaten Djoker and Rafa in the same tournament and has shades of Nalby back in the day.

Rafa to comeback strong again in 2021.
 

DSH

Legend
Med played some fantastic tennis yesterday and both had their chances. When Rafa served for it Med played a fantastic return game. The choke tags are harsh, Rafa had served sub par all match.

Watching the match and reviewing the stats Meds better serve was a huge influence on the outcome. Med had 70% 1st serves in and Rafa 56%. Both won 3 out of 4 points on first serve.

Second serve was equally in Meds favour with him winning half of his seconds whilst Rafa down to 37%.

Med now beaten Djoker and Rafa in the same tournament and has shades of Nalby back in the day.

Rafa to comeback strong again in 2021.
We have a winner!
;)
 
He was on the verge of choking 3rd consecutive match against the dirtballer after his chokes at US Open and ATP finals last year.

But he somehow managed to turned it around and didn't let clay brat vulture another win
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
He was on the verge of choking 3rd consecutive match against the dirtballer after his chokes at US Open and ATP finals last year.

But he somehow managed to turned it around and didn't let clay brat vulture another win
Med only choked last year's WTF. The USO would have been Rafa's choke had he lost.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Med has a long history of choking and isn't an iconic player like Rafa, so few cares if he's chokes up a storm. Med choking isn't unusual, just look at the sh-t show he put on last year at the YEC against Nadal.

Rafa doesn't have a history of choking or mental fragility. It appears that the last time Rafa choked while serving for the match was that 2012 Madrid match against Verdasco on blue clay.
 

The Blond Blur

Hall of Fame
RAFA was lucky to win the 1st set if we're being honest. My boi only got 42% of his first serves in and was under the gun from the word go. Could he have played better to close out the match in straights? Sure, but the Mad Lad also had a Jokeresque return game when RAFA was serving for the match. The Mad Lad was also very fortunate with that shanked lob in the TB.

In short **** happens.
 

Wander

Professional
As if this was the first time. Nadal's mental strength is now the worst in the top-10 I'd say. He just can't play big points anymore. He is terrible in tiebreaks. Always gets tight when serving for sets/matches. Sometimes he gets away with it, sometimes he doesn't.
First time Nadal lost when he served for the match since 2012 btw.
 
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