Rafael Nadal produced a mesmerising comeback to defeat Daniil Medvedev 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 in his second group match of the ATP Finals.
The world No 1 was 5-1 down in the third set and facing a match point when he found another gear and ground out an unlikely victory.
The Spaniard was asked in his post-match press conference if that was one of the most remarkable wins of his career.
“No (smiling). No, no, is not one of the best performance of my career, no? Not at all. I really hope that I can play better,” he responded.
“I have been better than the other day, of course. I have been playing a better level of tennis than the first day in general terms.
“Then win this match is a combination of a lot of things: lucky, some mistakes of Daniil, some good moments of myself at the end.
“But in general terms, knowing that I was not able to practice the way that I would like before the tournament, be able to increase the level since two days ago to today like this is a very positive thing and I’m very happy with this. Win or lose is another story.”
The spirit and resolve shown by Nadal shows exactly how he has won 19 Grand Slam titles.
But he also dismissed the claim that his attitude on the day should be shown as an example to younger players.
“No, examples are not for one day,” he added. “Examples are every day. And in my opinion, the example is not the comeback, because the comeback is – of course you need to be there and you need to keep fighting, but the example, in my opinion, is not break a racquet when you are 5-1 in the third or not be out of your self-control when the things are not going the right way.
“Just staying positive, staying on court, accepting that the opponent is playing a little bit better than you and accepting that you are not that good. That’s the only example, no?
“Because sometimes the frustration comes when you believe and you consider yourself too good and you don’t accept the mistakes that you are doing.
“So something that not happen to me very often, and I know I can have mistakes and I normally accept it. That’s the only thing.
“And for me that’s the only example that I can try to tell the guys. Don’t consider themself too good.
“Accept the mistakes, because everybody have mistakes and you need to keep going after the mistakes. That’s the only way.”