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


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From Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport in Flushing Meadows
When he beats on big finalist Daniil Medvedev from Sunday’s US Open showpiece rafael Nadal will move over one of Roger Federer’s haul of 20 Grand Slam names.
Second seed Nadal is the favourite to win his fourth name.
23, russian fifth seed Medvedev, has dropped two of his previous 22 matches, including a defeat by Nadal at August’s Rogers Cup final.
«I’d really like to be the one who wins more Grand Slams,» Spaniard Nadal said.
However he added:»I still sleep quite well without being the one who has more Grand Slams.»
The first Russian guy to compete in a Grand Slam final since Marat Safin in the 2005 Australian Open, medvedev, is aiming to break Serbian and Nadal, Federer world one Novak Djokovic’s grasp over the majors.
The’big three’ have won each of the 11 Grand Slam titles, together with the victory here in 2016 making the Korean the last man outside the trio to assert one of the game’s most important prizes of Stan Wawrinka.
He’ll face Nadal for the second time in less than a month after the world number two won 6-3.
«It is great I have this experience playing Rafa in the final of a Experts. I understand what to expect. I know how to prepare for it,» Medvedev said.
Nadal, who won his 18th Grand Slam with a title that was 12th at Roland Garros in June, has been already considered one of the favourites in New York by the onset of tournament, along with Federer along with Djokovic.
That’s been a pattern over recent years such has become the dominance, that reveals no signs of altering despite all 3 men of the trio.
Nadal, 32-year-old Djokovic or even Federer has obtained the previous 11 Grand Slams.
However, the departure of 2018 champion Djokovic, who retired from his last-16 match against Stan Wawrinka using a shoulder injury, along with Federer’s quarter-final exit to Bulgarian world number 78 Dimitrov, has got the opportunity for Nadal to make a significant move in the race to be considered the greatest player of all time.
He will move inside one of Federer’s tally for the first time, In case Nadal lifts his title at Flushing Meadows.
«I always say exactly the same: we still playing. 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 produce a opportunity to compete for the large thing . Here I am.
«I’ve given myself another chance, as I did at Wimbledon, as I did in Australia, as I failed in Roland Garros. That is the gratification. That is the happiness that is personal.
«I am happy in my career. I am quite pleased about what I am doing. I will keep working hard to try to produce chances.
«Sunday is only one more opportunity, that’s all.
«When I am in a position to win on Sunday, it will be amazing. If I lose, I aspire to maintain having chances in the future to add matters .»
Medvedev came into the final Grand Slam of the season after an about the North American hard courts as the form player on the ATP Tour.
The Russian, who headed into the world’s top 10 for first time in July, lost to Nadal and Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Washington and Montreal finals by beating David Goffin at the Cincinnati final, before going one better.
And he has continued that kind to become the third person to achieve four finals in exactly the same season.
«This summer was so quickly and long at exactly the same period,» Medvedev said.
«Long because I have played so many games. At exactly the identical time quickly because I haven’t had any time look again and to sit and say I’ve done wonders.
«Hopefully I’ll have time following Sunday. It is likely to be the last game in the United States this summer.
«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.
«I really don’t want to discontinue. I will always work to be better. I will try to get my best every day.»
Despite his victory, some of the actions over the past two weeks of Medvedev have not endeared him to the New York audience, goading them with interviews and his provocative post-match celebrations.
Since being booed off court after his third-round and fourth-round wins, Medvedev has looked to shake off the use of pantomime villain and apologised for his conduct, that has comprised angrily snatching towels from chunk individuals and curtly’thanking’ the American fans to get jeering him.
«I can only say I’m a very calm individual in life. I really don’t have any idea why the demons head out once I play tennis,» he explained.
«Every time I do anything wrong on the court, I am sitting , thinking’I am not like that in ordinary life. Why does this occur? I really don’t want it to happen like this’.
«So I’ve been working a good deal on it, and I’ve improved a whole lot. Occasionally it occurs.
«However, talking about ordinary life, to make me mad you need to do something mad for a single week in a row.
«You want to, I really don’t understand, come to my hotel, knock on my door at 6am in the morning for seven days in a row. Then I’m going to be possibly a tiny bit that is mad. If not, I’m quite calm.»
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