Daniil Medvedev: Tough draw in Toronto even without Rafael Nadal

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Daniil Medvedev: Tough draw in Toronto even without Rafael Nadal

No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev admitted that the rain delay helped him at the Toronto Masters against Alexander Bublik. Medvedev was made to work hard by Bublik as he recovered from a set down to win 4-6 6-3 6-4 and avoid a shock exit.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic didn't come to Toronto, while Rafael Nadal withdrew from the event on Tuesday. "The rain delay] helped a lot,” Medvedev said in his on-court interview. “I don’t know if the conditions changed with the humidity, but I was not playing well before the rain.

I had my opportunities. I was missing second-serve returns, missing balls. I knew I had to play better if I was to win. “When back on the court, from the first game I felt much better. I only felt better and better during the match, he did not have one break point [after the rain].

I turned around the match completely. It is a tough draw, even without Rafael Nadal. It does open up the draw [though] for sure”.

Medvedev avoids facing Nadal

Former world No. 1 Nadal pulled out of the Toronto Masters late due to a persistent foot injury.

"I have had this issue for a couple of months, as people know," said Nadal, a five-time winner of the event which was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Of course, it is not a happy situation after all the success that I had here in Canada, not being able to play this year after missing a year.

"Today, with this pain, I am not able to enjoy it, and I really don't believe that I have the chance to fight for the things that I really need to fight for. "I really wanted to play here a lot, but now is the moment to make a decision, and this is unfortunately the decision that I have taken, and probably in the next couple of days we are going to know more."

After losing in the French Open semifinal, Nadal didn't take a racket for 20 days. "I need to have a couple of weeks with less pain to have the confidence again with my movement. I am coming here to try and win, but also to keep feeling positive with my foot.

I am not at my peak yet, but I have been practising better than I played in Washington, so I am excited to play here. Hopefully, I will be able to compete well”.