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Why Nadal is wary of 'tough' US Open final bolter


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Despite copping some boos in the tournament, Daniil Medmedev brought attitude and his A-game to New York and now the Russian upstart has been rewarded with the chance to break the big three's decade-long domination of the grand slams.

Medvedev will carry the torch for the sport's next generation of stars when he takes on the great Rafael Nadal in a US Open final that could, at last, signal a changing of the guard in men's tennis.

"Daniil is one of the most solid players and making steps forward every week," Nadal said. "He had an amazing summer.

"He will be the toughest opponent in that final.

"I must play at my very best."

Medvedev is through to the US Open final against Nadal

Nadal is gunning for a fourth title at Flushing Meadows - and 19th grand slam crown overall to edge him to within one of Roger Federer's record tally.

Such has been the stranglehold of Nadal, Federer and Novak Djokovic at the majors that 23-year-old Medvedev will be hoping to join Dominic Thiem as only the second active player in his twenties to win even a set in a grand slam final.

But it's a challenge Medvedev is ready for.

"When I was going to USA, I didn't know it was going to be that good," the world No.5 said after ousting Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-3 to join legends Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl as only the third man in 50 years to reach finals in Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati and New York in a single hardcourt season.

"I've done amazing things. Of course, deep inside of me, I understand that what I've done these four weeks is amazing, even comparing to what I've done before.

"Also one more thing: I don't want to stop."

https://twitter.com/usopen/status/1170110132425875456

The Russian has revelled in his role as crowd villain during his charge to the title match (Monday 6am AEST), giving spectators the bird and then thanking them for driving him through a tough first week.

But he won't be the fan favourite against Nadal, nor will his 12-match winning streak - and 20 victories from 22 outings during the American summer - count for much against the mighty Spaniard.

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Nadal buried Medvedev 6-3 6-0 in Montreal last month, in the pair's only previous meeting. Medvedev knows he must take his game to supreme new levels to conquer the second seed.

"Talking about Rafa, it's tough to find words," he said.

"So many players and so many people found them before me. He's one of the greatest champions in the history of our sport. He's just a machine, a beast on the court. The energy he's showing is just amazing.

"To play him in your first grand slam final should be, I want to say, a funny thing. It's not going to be a funny thing, but it's going to be an amazing thing to live."

https://twitter.com/BillieJeanKing/status/1170157587423289344

Nadal (12), Federer (5) and Djokovic (15) have gobbled up 32 of the 39 slams this decade - and threaten to complete a clean sweep between them for a third straight year.

But, fittingly, the final match of the grand slam season pits the most prolific match winners of 2019 - Medvedev (50) and Nadal (46).

"I am super happy to be back in the final of the US Open," Nadal said after fighting off two set points in the first set of his 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-1 semi-final triumph over Italian surprise packet Matteo Berrettini.

Medvedev through to US Open final

HOW RAFAEL NADAL AND DANIIL MEDVEDEV MATCH UP

2-RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) leads 5-DANIIL MEDVEDEV (RUS) 1-0

2019 Montreal Masters, hard, F, Nadal 6-3 6-0

RAFAEL NADAL (ESP)

Age: 33

Born: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain

Lives: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain

Height: 185cm

Weight: 85kg

Plays: left-handed (two-handed backhand)

Ranking: 2

Career prize money: $US111,328,858 ($A162.60m)

Career titles: 83

Grand slam titles: 18 (Australian Open 2009; French Open 2005-08, 2010-14, 2017-19; Wimbledon 2008, 2010; US Open 2010, 2013, 2017)

Career win-loss record: 966-196

2019 win-loss record: 46-6

2019 titles: 3

US Open win-loss record: 63-11

Best US Open results: champion 2010, 2013, 2017; runner-up 2011; finalist 2019

Road to final:

1st rd: bt John MIllman (AUS) 6-3 6-3 6-2

2nd rd: bt Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) - walkover

3rd rd: bt Hyeon Chung (KOR) 6-3 6-4 6-2

4th rd: bt 22-Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2

QF: bt 20-Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 7-5 6-4 6-2

SF: bt 24-Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-1

https://twitter.com/usopen/status/1170156360673255424

DANIIL MEDVEDEV (RUS)

Age: 23

Born: Moscow, Russia

Lives: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Height: 198cm

Weight: 83kg

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Ranking: 5

Career prize money: $US6,068,073 ($A8.86m)

Career titles: 5

Grand slam titles: 0

Career win-loss record: 122-71

2019 win-loss record: 50-16

2019 titles: 2

US Open win-loss record: 8-2

Best US Open result: finalist 2019

Road to final:

1st rd: bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) 6-4 6-1 6-2

2nd rd: bt Hugo Dellien (BOL) 6-3 7-5 5-7 6-3

3rd rd: bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 7-6 (7-1) 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4

4th rd: bt Dominik Koepfer (GER) 3-6 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-2)

QF: bt 23-Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 3-6 6-1

SF: bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-3

Despite copping some boos in the tournament, Daniil Medmedev brought attitude and his A-game to New York and now the Russian upstart has been rewarded with the chance to break the big three's decade-long domination of the grand slams.

Medvedev will carry the torch for the sport's next generation of stars when he takes on the great Rafael Nadal in a US Open final that could, at last, signal a changing of the guard in men's tennis.

"Daniil is one of the most solid players and making steps forward every week," Nadal said. "He had an amazing summer.

"He will be the toughest opponent in that final.

"I must play at my very best."

Medvedev is through to the US Open final against Nadal

Nadal is gunning for a fourth title at Flushing Meadows - and 19th grand slam crown overall to edge him to within one of Roger Federer's record tally.

Such has been the stranglehold of Nadal, Federer and Novak Djokovic at the majors that 23-year-old Medvedev will be hoping to join Dominic Thiem as only the second active player in his twenties to win even a set in a grand slam final.

But it's a challenge Medvedev is ready for.

"When I was going to USA, I didn't know it was going to be that good," the world No.5 said after ousting Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-3 to join legends Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl as only the third man in 50 years to reach finals in Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati and New York in a single hardcourt season.

"I've done amazing things. Of course, deep inside of me, I understand that what I've done these four weeks is amazing, even comparing to what I've done before.

"Also one more thing: I don't want to stop."

https://twitter.com/usopen/status/1170110132425875456

The Russian has revelled in his role as crowd villain during his charge to the title match (Monday 6am AEST), giving spectators the bird and then thanking them for driving him through a tough first week.

But he won't be the fan favourite against Nadal, nor will his 12-match winning streak - and 20 victories from 22 outings during the American summer - count for much against the mighty Spaniard.

https://twitter.com/josemorgado/status/1170109287684825089https://twitter.com/ATPMediaInfo/status/1170111338586214400https://twitter.com/stu_fraser/status/1170110936776151043

Nadal buried Medvedev 6-3 6-0 in Montreal last month, in the pair's only previous meeting. Medvedev knows he must take his game to supreme new levels to conquer the second seed.

"Talking about Rafa, it's tough to find words," he said.

"So many players and so many people found them before me. He's one of the greatest champions in the history of our sport. He's just a machine, a beast on the court. The energy he's showing is just amazing.

"To play him in your first grand slam final should be, I want to say, a funny thing. It's not going to be a funny thing, but it's going to be an amazing thing to live."

https://twitter.com/BillieJeanKing/status/1170157587423289344

Nadal (12), Federer (5) and Djokovic (15) have gobbled up 32 of the 39 slams this decade - and threaten to complete a clean sweep between them for a third straight year.

But, fittingly, the final match of the grand slam season pits the most prolific match winners of 2019 - Medvedev (50) and Nadal (46).

"I am super happy to be back in the final of the US Open," Nadal said after fighting off two set points in the first set of his 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-1 semi-final triumph over Italian surprise packet Matteo Berrettini.

Medvedev through to US Open final

HOW RAFAEL NADAL AND DANIIL MEDVEDEV MATCH UP

2-RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) leads 5-DANIIL MEDVEDEV (RUS) 1-0

2019 Montreal Masters, hard, F, Nadal 6-3 6-0

RAFAEL NADAL (ESP)

Age: 33

Born: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain

Lives: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain

Height: 185cm

Weight: 85kg

Plays: left-handed (two-handed backhand)

Ranking: 2

Career prize money: $US111,328,858 ($A162.60m)

Career titles: 83

Grand slam titles: 18 (Australian Open 2009; French Open 2005-08, 2010-14, 2017-19; Wimbledon 2008, 2010; US Open 2010, 2013, 2017)

Career win-loss record: 966-196

2019 win-loss record: 46-6

2019 titles: 3

US Open win-loss record: 63-11

Best US Open results: champion 2010, 2013, 2017; runner-up 2011; finalist 2019

Road to final:

1st rd: bt John MIllman (AUS) 6-3 6-3 6-2

2nd rd: bt Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) - walkover

3rd rd: bt Hyeon Chung (KOR) 6-3 6-4 6-2

4th rd: bt 22-Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2

QF: bt 20-Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 7-5 6-4 6-2

SF: bt 24-Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-1

https://twitter.com/usopen/status/1170156360673255424

DANIIL MEDVEDEV (RUS)

Age: 23

Born: Moscow, Russia

Lives: Monte Carlo, Monaco

Height: 198cm

Weight: 83kg

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Ranking: 5

Career prize money: $US6,068,073 ($A8.86m)

Career titles: 5

Grand slam titles: 0

Career win-loss record: 122-71

2019 win-loss record: 50-16

2019 titles: 2

US Open win-loss record: 8-2

Best US Open result: finalist 2019

Road to final:

1st rd: bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) 6-4 6-1 6-2

2nd rd: bt Hugo Dellien (BOL) 6-3 7-5 5-7 6-3

3rd rd: bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 7-6 (7-1) 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4

4th rd: bt Dominik Koepfer (GER) 3-6 6-3 6-2 7-6 (7-2)

QF: bt 23-Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 3-6 6-1

SF: bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-3

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