On February 24th 2022, the day of an unprecedented Russian invasion of Ukraine, unofficially Medvedev  became the 27th best player in the world of the Open Era (third Russian following Kafelnikov & Safin, first born in the 90s). That day Djokovic  lost in the Dubai quarterfinal – to retain his position he must have won the title on the assumption Medvedev wouldn’t triumph in Acapulco.
The Nadal-Medvedev semifinal clash was anticipated since the event inception. Their four previous matches were dramatic including an amazing AO final this year, quite surprisingly the scoreline was one-sided in Mexico, yet the 2nd set would have gone in opposite direction if Medvedev had played better the most important points – there were three ‘deuce’ games, Medvedev lost them all (6, 9, 3 deuces respectively) – at 1:2 and 2:3 he was unable to convert 11 break points (4, 7) while serving at 3:5 he wasted 4 game points.
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