Nadal crushes new No 1 Medvedev in Mexico to stay undefeated for 2022

Nadal beats Medvedev 6-3, 6-3 to reach Mexico Open finalIt was the rivals’ first meeting since Australian Open epic

Last month, Rafael Nadal shocked the world when the 35-year-old Spaniard fought back from two sets down against Daniil Medvedev to win an epic five-set victory in the 2022 Australian Open and claim his 21st – and greatest – major championship. Nadal has now underlined that famous triumph with a 6-3, 6-3 straight-sets win in the rematch, crushing his Russian rival – who is about to become the ATP world No 1 – to advance to the Mexico Open final and remain undefeated in his 14 matches this year.

Medvedev learned on Friday that he had broken the five-year stranglehold of “the Big Three” on men’s tennis’s No 1 ranking, after Novak Djokovic lost in Dubai. One of Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic had held the top slot since Briton Andy Murray ceded it on 20 August 2017. No one other than that quartet has been No 1 since Federer displaced Andy Roddick in February 2004. Medvedev, the 2021 US Open champion, will ascend to the top of the pile when the next batch of rankings is released on Monday.

Continue reading…Nadal beats Medvedev 6-3, 6-3 to reach Mexico Open finalIt was the rivals’ first meeting since Australian Open epicLast month, Rafael Nadal shocked the world when the 35-year-old Spaniard fought back from two sets down against Daniil Medvedev to win an epic five-set victory in the 2022 Australian Open and claim his 21st – and greatest – major championship. Nadal has now underlined that famous triumph with a 6-3, 6-3 straight-sets win in the rematch, crushing his Russian rival – who is about to become the ATP world No 1 – to advance to the Mexico Open final and remain undefeated in his 14 matches this year.Medvedev learned on Friday that he had broken the five-year stranglehold of “the Big Three” on men’s tennis’s No 1 ranking, after Novak Djokovic lost in Dubai. One of Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic had held the top slot since Briton Andy Murray ceded it on 20 August 2017. No one other than that quartet has been No 1 since Federer displaced Andy Roddick in February 2004. Medvedev, the 2021 US Open champion, will ascend to the top of the pile when the next batch of rankings is released on Monday. Continue reading…[#item_full_content]

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