When: Wednesday, November 13th at 9:00 AM EST.
Where: The O2 Arena in London, England
Head to Head Record: Nadal leads 2-0
Most Recent Match: 2019 US Open Final, Nadal 3-2, 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4
Nadal and Medvedev were both upset in round 1, losing their respective matches 2-0.
In the first match, Nadal stood no chance against defending ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev.
In the closing match of day 2, Medvedev fell to sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The result set up an unexpected do-or-die matchup between the Group Andre Agassi favorites.
It will be a rematch of this year’s US Open final, Nadal won in five sets.
For the Spaniard, the match also carries some additional weight, as he still needs the points in order to retain the number 1 spot in the ATP ranking.
The ATP Finals title is one of the few lacking from Nadal’s resume.
Medvedev, meanwhile, will try to extend his first-ever ATP Finals appearance.
Whoever loses this match will be in dire straits and risks facing an early exit depending on how the Tsitsipas vs. Zverev match goes.
2019 Record: 51-7, 4 titles
Nadal went into his match against Zverev holding a 5-0 head to head record.
Surprisingly, the German-dominated their sixth meeting, taking a 2-0 win.
Zverev dictated the actions this time around, displaying his trademark aggressive style, which had gone missing throughout most of the year.
Nadal, meanwhile, never managed to get going, struggling to settle into the high-intensity play.
It’s worth remembering that Nadal withdrew from the Paris Masters 1000 semifinals with an abdominal strain.
While the ATP ranking leader said that the injury isn’t affecting him anymore, his day 2 showing against Zverev could raise some questions.
2019 Record: 59-19, 4 titles
Just like Nadal, Medvedev also held a 5-0 record against his day 2 opponent Stefanos Tsitsipas.
And the Russian also suffered a 2-0 defeat, though he did put up a fight.
Tsitsipas made the most out of his opponent’s mistakes and walked away with a close victory.
While the result leaves Medvedev in a bad spot, it’s not the end of the world.
The Russian wasn’t too far off his optimal form, and the match could have gone either way on another day.
Nadal and Medvedev have crossed paths on two occasions.
Both meetings happened with a trophy on the line.
Their first match at this year’s Rogers Cup, with Nadal securing a 2-0 win.
The epic US Open five-setter was their second and most recent meeting.
Looking at their respective opening matches, Medvedev had a much more convincing performance.
Nadal looked well off his game, while the Russian rising star wasn’t too far away from his best form.
While their head to head record favors Nadal, Medvedev is coming off three finals in his last four tournaments.
This match looks like an upset waiting to happen.
Prediction: Medvedev 2-0.
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