US Open 2019: Rafael Nadal faces Daniil Medvedev in bid for 19th Grand Slam title


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By Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows
If he defeats on first-time key finalist Daniil Medvedev from Sunday’s US Open showpiece rafael Nadal will proceed over one of Roger Federer’s haul of 20 Grand Slam names.
Second seed Nadal, 33, is the favourite to win his fourth title in New York.
Fifth seed Medvedev, 23, has lost just two of the 22 games, including a defeat by Nadal in the Rogers Cup final of August.
«I would like to be the person who wins more Grand Slams,» Spaniard Nadal said.
However he added:»I sleep very well without being the one who has more Grand Slams.»
The Russian man to compete at a Grand Slam final since Marat Safin in the 2005 Australian Open, medvedev, is planning to break the grasp Serbian and Nadal, Federer planet one Novak Djokovic .
Even the’big three’ have won each of the 11 Grand Slam titles, with Stan Wawrinka’s success here in 2016 which makes the the previous man away from the illustrious trio to assert among the game’s most important prizes.
He’ll confront Nadal for its second time in less than a month after the world number just won 6-3.
«It is amazing that I have this expertise playing Rafa in the closing of a Masters. I understand what to anticipate. I know how to prepare for it,» Medvedev said.
Nadal, who won his Grand Slam at Roland Garros in June with a title that was 12th, has been considered one of the favorites in New York with Djokovic and Federer, combined from the beginning of tournament.
That’s been a familiar pattern over recent years such has become the trio’s dominance, that reveals no signs of altering despite all three guys.
The 11 Grand Slams have been obtained 32-year-old Djokovic, by Nadal or even 38-year-old Federer.
However, the departure of 2018 winner Djokovic, who retired from his last-16 match against Stan Wawrinka using a shoulder injury, also Federer’s quarter-final depart the world number 78 Dimitrov, has given the prospect for Nadal to earn a serious move in the race to be regarded as the best player of all time.
He will go within one of the tally for the first time of Federer if Nadal lifts his title at Flushing Meadows.
«I always say exactly the same: we still enjoying. Here we are,» said Nadal, who will be competing in his third Grand Slam final this season and also reached the Wimbledon semi-finals.
«When I arrived here, my aim was to create a opportunity to compete for the significant thing . Here I’m talking about
«I’ve given myself a second opportunity, because I did in Wimbledon, as I did in Australia, as I failed in Roland Garros. That is the personal satisfaction. That is the happiness that is private.
«I am happy about my career. I am quite happy about what I am doing. I will keep working hard to attempt and generate opportunities.
«Sunday is just one more opportunity, that’s all.
«When I am in a position to win on Sunday, it is going to be amazing. If I loseI aspire to maintain having chances in the future to add things.»
Medvedev came as the kind player on the ATP Tour to the final Grand Slam of the season after an over the North American hard courts.
The Russian, that headed lost to Nadal and Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Montreal and Washington finals by defeating David Goffin at the Cincinnati closing, before going one better.
And he’s continued that form to become the third person to reach four finals in the exact same season during the Open era.
«This summer has been so fast and long at the identical time,» Medvedev said.
«Long because I have played so many matches. At exactly the identical time so fast because I haven’t had any time to sit and look back and say I have done things.
«Hopefully I’ll have some time following Sunday. It’s likely to be the last match in the United States this summer.
«Of course, deep inside me, I know what I’ve done these four months is amazing, actually comparing to what I have done before.
«I really don’t wish to stop. I will always work to be better. I will try to do my best every day.»
Despite his success, some of Medvedev’s actions over the past two months have not endeared him to the New York audience, goading them with interviews and his provocative post-match parties.
Ever since being booed off court after his third-round and fourth-round wins, Medvedev has appeared to shake the use of pantomime villain and apologised for his behaviour, which has comprised angrily snatching towels out of ball people and curtly’thanking’ the American fans to get jeering him.
«I can only say I’m a really calm individual in existence. I actually don’t have any idea why the demons go out once I play tennis,» he explained.
«Each time I do anything wrong on the courtroom, I’m sitting with myself, thinking’I am not like this in normal life. Why does this happen? I don’t want it to happen like this’.
«So I’ve been working a good deal on it, also I have improved a lot. Sometimes it occurs.
«However, talking about normal lifetime, to make me mad you want to do something mad for a single week in a row.
«You will need to, I don’t know, come to my hotel, knock on my door at 6am each morning for seven days in a row. Then I will be possibly a tiny bit. If not, I’m really calm.»
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