Toni Nadal believes Daniil Medvedev ultimately crumbled under the pressure in the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic.
Medvedev was the form player going into the match, riding a 20-match unbeaten run all the way to the final.
However, he struggled badly against Djokovic and never looked like truly hurting the world number one, who was very close to his brilliant best.
According to Nadal, though, it was inside his own head where Medvedev really lost the match.
“I’m sure Daniil came out to the Rod Laver Arena with all the information about Novak well analysed, but he was not able to retain his poise, to overcome the frustration of not winning the first set, or to keep up the fight in those difficult moments,” Toni Nadal told El Pais.
“It surprises me that, sometimes, athletes of this level have that little capacity to face the difficulty.
“A day before the final, he said that the pressure was higher for Djokovic, who cannot miss the opportunity to win titles if he wants to match Roger and Rafael.
“But the outcome of the match showed that the pressure was much greater for him.
“The difference between scoring a first Grand Slam or missing a new opportunity has an overwhelming weight, no matter how young you are.”
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