"No matter what form Rafa is in, you're still scared": Rafael Nadal still has fear factor on clay says Daniil Medvedev

Sunday, 28 April 2024 at 20:00
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Daniil Medvedev commented on Rafael Nadal's form following the Spaniard's victory over Alex De Minaur in the second round of the Madrid Open. The 22-times Grand Slam champion had suffered a comprehensive defeat to the Australian just a week earlier at the Barcelona Open, but this time he got his revenge with a straight-sets win, advancing to the third round of the tournament.
At the same time, world No. 4 Medvedev was playing against Italian Matteo Arnaldi, struggling in a three-set battle to secure victory. The former US Open champion will face the 25th seed Sebastian Korda in the round of 32. During the press conference before the match, he was asked about Nadal's current form after securing his best win since 2022.

Medvedev analyzes Nadal's form after Madrid victory

Medvedev wasn't too surprised by Nadal's victory and praised the Spaniard, saying that regardless of how Nadal feels, challenging him is always a daunting task: “No matter what form Rafa is in or how he’s feeling, when he steps especially on clay, I would say even it doesn’t matter if it’s clay or hardcourt, but specially on clay.. you’re still scared.”
“You’re still scared of Rafa that wins 80 matches & loses 1, something like this. And he proved it today you know (against De Minaur). I didn’t see the match, I was playing at the same time but, 2 hours he managed to win so probably feeling better and better,”
Nadal will play against the world No. 91 Pedro Cachin at Madrid Open third round
“(He is) definitely dangerous, so let’s see how he does further on. If he can play better and better I think it’s good, it’s going to be very fun and tough for other players,” the Russian former world No. 1 added.
Nadal (No. 512) will play in the third round of the tournament on Monday at the Manolo Santana court against the Argentine Pedro Cachin (No. 91), who surprised in the second round by defeating the American Frances Tiafoe (No. 23).

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