Medvedev has lots of things to improve. True. But he will be your next #1. And he is winning at least two of the next 6 slams.

ForehandCross

G.O.A.T.
And I hope he goes on to have his revenge against the big 3 some stage special.

As a fan, in my own analysis, he lost the match physically when he threw out two bad service games in 2nd set. Had he kept his focus, Nadal would never believe that he has a chance. That physical vulnerability drew Nadal to highest levels of his game. It's his fault for playing so long against FAA and Kyrgios and Cressy. Had Nadal played like set 3-5 in first two, it actually would have helped Med to plan out his match better because once he got 2-0 he became very rushed to save himself physically and get it done.



I still think it was as if tennis gods wanted Nadal to win.

Medvedev's droppers have been talked about a lot but you folks do realize that this guy would never try that after every second point if he didn't feel drained and broken physically? He kept trying to find the easy way out because his body gave up.

That is something he really needs to work on. Because it happens a lot and I think is also related to his nerves.

Also the kid stopped believing comment is alluding to the fact the crowd didn't care that Med was falling apart both score wise and physically. I think he didn't show it, but he genuinely gave his 100% as much as his body and mind allowed and the crowd probably didn't notice it since Med is always so ice cold mostly. Every tennis player hopes to be the favorite of the crowd, and it hurts them to see them against you. But this was something deeper and different for Med. He probably felt the crowd didn't care for him physically killing himself out there.


As for Nadal, he is a legend. An absolute Legend presently my GOAT. But I dare say that the GOAT race is far from over.
I can't fathom the strengths the big 3 have anymore. I just can't. There's no stopping these guys. I wouldn't even be surprised if come WB we will be talking 21-21-21.

There's no reason how Nadal could play like he did in last 2 sets after really looking physically shot. Monsters walking among mortals.
 
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ForehandCross

G.O.A.T.
Med's body gave up actually after 2-0 up against Novak in USO F. He talked about having cramps near the finish lines.

He really really needs to focus on his conditioning a little better.
 
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D.Nalby12

G.O.A.T.
He should have won today's match. He was worse player in second set yet managed to win it in the end. That set was lottery to him.
 
No you heard it here first? :unsure:

Agreed that the Mad Lad will be back and better after this. He looks to be poised to #1 in a matter weeks. If any of the #NextGen deserve it, it’s him. Don’t think he’ll win either RG or Wimby, but he should look to defend his USO crown. The conditions and the crowd there suit him much better.
 

gjm127

Hall of Fame
Tsitsipas at RG
Now Med at AO...

I don't know if they actually have it in them anymore... It really draws a dark and sad picture for the future of men's tennis.

Today's chokejob was worse. Nadal was serving like a 35 yo 4.0 level player and still managed to win in 5.5 hours. And the defeated is supposed to be our next #1? How do you pick yourself up after this kind of humiliation?
 

ForehandCross

G.O.A.T.
Not really high on Med. It's clear shat his ability is.
Hmm, his ability is high. Really high.Not the highest but up there. However I kept saying everywhere that it wasn't on display this tournament. Even in first set I said he isn't really at his best. Even after winning the 2nd set I kept saying that.

Medvedev is physically fragile in terms of how much it limits his ability to play his absolute best. A physically drained Med can still play decent.

And he didn't play well this tournament.


You only have to look at Nadal vs Med Uso 2019 , where a much better Nadal was outplayed for 2 hours by a tired Med.
 

Krish872007

Talk Tennis Guru
- I think Medvedev will be #1 at some point soon, maybe later this season
- He does have a strong mind. The fact he was reasonably close to winning the tournament despite playing well below his best is evidence of this.
- He does need to work on his fitness a bit, but there is a natural ceiling given his height / stature, beyond which it will be difficult to improve
- Likewise, his game, as effective as it can be, needs to change a bit. There are still some areas where he is particularly vulnerable and the tide could turn quickly if the field figures out how to play him
 

aldeayeah

G.O.A.T.
He should have won today's match. He was worse player in second set yet managed to win it in the end. That set was lottery to him.
When he gifted rafa a break in the third i was puzzled (rafa being half dead), but I guess he really was struggling. His serve became more and more ineffective.
 

ForehandCross

G.O.A.T.
When he gifted rafa a break in the third i was puzzled (rafa being half dead), but I guess he really was struggling. His serve became more and more ineffective.
His serve dying is usually the first sign of him going away physically. He always throws in bad service games after zoning for a while but never has an extended 3-4 bad service game stretches.

Credit to Nadal he was on it like a lion on a scent. Nadal was so incredible to find energy from every fibre of his body and start to play better.
 
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