Aus Open: Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev head-to-head; who has the edge?
- Rafael Nadal is chasing his 21st men’s singles Grand Slam crown
- Medvedev is aiming for his second Grand Slam title after last year’s US Open crown
- Nadal and Medevev last met each other in the 2020 ATP Finals
Rafael Nadal is on the verge of becoming the men’s player with the most Grand Slam singles titles. The Spaniard needs to win Sunday’s Australian Open men’s singles Grand Slam title against Daniil Medvedev at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park to clinch his 21st Grand Slam title. Medvedev, who won the US Open Grand Slam last year, will be aiming for his second title. Medvedev also stands a chance to become the first man in the Open Era to earn consecutive Grand Slam titles.
This is, meanwhile, his second attempt at Melbourne Park in two years to win the elusive Australian Open crown. Last year, Medvedev lost to Novak Djokovic in the final.
Nevertheless, this is going to be one heck of a match in a sweltering Melbourne condition.
Nadal, who last won the Australian Open in 2009, wants to bring an end to his title draught at the year’s first Grand Slam this time around.
Sunday’s meeting between Nadala and Medvedev will be their fifth, and Nadal has a decisive edge over the Russian with a 3-1 head-to-head record.
But most of the previous encounters between the European stars have been closely fought. In the 2019 Rogers Cup final, Nadal defeated Medvedev to defend his title in Canada.
Their next meeting was at the US Open final in 2019. The summit clash was a thrilling contest that lasted around five hours. At the Flushing Meadows, Nadal took the first two sets but the Russian fought back strongly to get back into the match. Medvedev won the next two sets to take the final into a fifth set.
However, the Spaniard managed to take the decider 6-4 and win his 19th Grand Slam title.
Nadal and Medvedev met for the third time at the ATP Finals in 2019 in London. Both of them had lost their respective opening match and were in a must-win situation. The match turned out to be a thrilling contest.
Medvedev won the first set in a tiebreaker. Nadal started the second set strongly by breaking the Russian in the opening game. He broke him once again to take the set 6-3 and level the match.
The Russian raced to a 4-0 lead in the final set but the Spaniard fought back, saved a match point at 5-1 and took the set to a tiebreak. He won the tiebreak 7-4 to win the match.
The fourth meeting between Nadal and Medvedev came at the 2020 ATP Finals. The Spaniard lost to Dominic Thiem in the round-robin stage but defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev to reach the semifinals.
Medvedev won all of his round-robin matches, including one against Djokovic, to qualify for the last four of the ATP Finals for the first time in his career.
Nadal made a crucial break in the eighth game of the first set and then held his serve to take it 6-3. The Spaniard had served for the match in the second set. However, Medvedev bounced back, broke the Spaniard's serve, and took the second set in a tie-break.
The third set saw both players hold their serve before the Russian broke his opponent to take a 4-3 lead. Medvedev broke again to win the set 6-3 and reach the final.