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By Jonathan Jurejko
BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows
When he beats finalist Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s US Open showpiece, rafael Nadal will move within one of Roger Federer’s haul of 20 Grand Slam titles.
Second seed Nadal is the favourite to win his title.
23, fifth seed Medvedev, has lost two of his 22 games, including a defeat with Nadal in the Rogers Cup final of August.
«I would like to be the person who wins more Grand Slams,» Spaniard Nadal said.
But he added:»I still sleep quite well with no one who has more Grand Slams.»
The first guy to compete at a Grand Slam final since Marat Safin in the 2005 Australian Open, medvedev, is intending to break Nadal, Federer and Serbian world one Novak Djokovic’s grip .
The’big three’ have won each of the past 11 Grand Slam titles, with Stan Wawrinka’s victory here in 2016 making the the previous man beyond the illustrious trio to claim one of the sport’s most important prizes.
He’ll face Nadal for the second time in under a month after the world number two won 6-3 6-0 in Montreal.
«It’s amazing that I have this expertise playing Rafa in the closing of a Masters. I know what to expect. I understand how to prepare for it,» Medvedev said.
Nadal, who won his 18th Grand Slam with a name at Roland Garros in June, was considered one of the favorites in New York along with Federer along with Djokovic.
That’s been a pattern over the past decade such has become the dominance, that reveals no signs of changing despite all 3 men of the trio.
The past 11 Grand Slams are won 32-year-old Djokovic by Nadal or 38-year-old Federer.
However, the departure of 2018 champion Djokovic, who retired by his last-16 suit against Stan Wawrinka with a shoulder injury, and Federer’s quarter-final depart Bulgarian world number 78 Dimitrov, has given the opportunity for Nadal to make a serious move in the race to be considered the greatest player of all time.
He’ll proceed inside one of Federer’s tally for the first time, if Nadal lifts his fourth title at Flushing Meadows.
«I always say the same: we still playing. Here we are,» said Nadal, who’ll be competing in his third Grand Slam final this season and also reached the Wimbledon semi-finals.
«When I arrived here, my goal was to generate a chance to compete for the significant thing . Here I’m talking about
«I have given myself a second opportunity, as I did at Wimbledon, as I did in Australia, as I failed in Roland Garros. That’s the gratification. That’s the happiness that is personal.
«I am happy in my career. I’m very happy about what I’m doing. I’m going to continue working hard to try to generate chances.
«Sunday is just one more chance, that’s all.
«When I am able to win on Sunday, then it is going to be amazing. If I loseI aspire to maintain having opportunities in the long run to add matters .»
Medvedev came as the form player on the ATP Tour to the final Grand Slam of the year after an about the American courts.
The Russian, who broke for first time in July, dropped to Nadal and Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Montreal and Washington finals prior to going one better by defeating Belgian David Goffin at the Cincinnati closing.
And he’s continued that kind to become the third person to reach four finals in exactly the exact same season.
«This summer was so quickly and long at the identical time,» Medvedev said.
«Long because I have played so many matches. In exactly the exact same time quickly because I haven’t had any moment look back and to just sit down and say I have done wonders.
«Hopefully I will have some time following Sunday. It is going to be the final match in the United States this summer.
«Obviously, deep inside of me, I understand what I’ve completed these four months is amazing, even comparing to what I have done previously.
«I really don’t need to stop. I will work to be better. I will attempt to do my best each day.»
A number of the actions over the last two months of Medvedev haven’t endeared him to the New York audience, goading them with his provocative celebrations and interviews.
Ever since being booed off court following his third-round and fourth-round wins, Medvedev has looked to shake off the function of pantomime villain and apologised for his behaviour, that has comprised angrily snatching towels from chunk people and curtly’thanking’ the American fans to get jeering him.
«I can only say I am a really calm individual in life. I actually have no idea why the demons head out once I play tennis,» he explained.
«Every time I do something wrong on the courtroom, I am sitting , thinking’I am not like that in normal life. Why does it happen? I really don’t want it to happen like this’.
«So I have been working a good deal on it, also I’ve improved a great deal. Sometimes it happens.
«However, talking about regular life, to make me angry you want to do something mad for one 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 times in a row. Then I will be maybe a tiny bit that is mad. Otherwise, I’m quite calm.»
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