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 defeats on first-time important finalist Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s US Open showpiece rafael Nadal will proceed within one of Roger Federer’s haul of 20 Grand Slam titles.
Second seed Nadal, 33, is the favorite to win his name.
23, russian fifth seed Medvedev, has lost only two of his previous 22 matches, including a defeat from Nadal at August’s Rogers Cup final.
«I would like to be the person who wins Grand Slams,» Spaniard Nadal said.
But he added:»I still sleep very well without being the person who gets more Grand Slams.»
Medvedev, the first man to compete in a Grand Slam final since Marat Safin in the 2005 Australian Open, is planning to break Nadal, Federer and Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic’s grasp on the majors.
Even the’big three’ have won all the 11 Grand Slam titles, with the victory here in 2016 which makes the the last man outside the trio to assert one of the most significant prizes of the sport of Stan Wawrinka.
He’ll face Nadal for its second time in less than a month after the world number two won 6-3.
«It is amazing I have this experience playing Rafa in the final of a Experts. I know what to expect. I understand how to prepare for it,» Medvedev said.
Nadal, who won his Grand Slam at Roland Garros in June using a name, has been considered one of the favorites in New York with Djokovic along with Federer, along by the beginning of championship.
That’s been a pattern over the past decade such has become the trio’s dominance, which reveals no signs of altering despite all 3 men.
The 11 Grand Slams have been won 32-year-old Djokovic by Nadal or even Federer.
But the departure of 2018 winner Djokovic, who retired by his last-16 match against Stan Wawrinka with a shoulder injury, also Federer’s quarter-final exit to Bulgarian world number 78 Dimitrov, has granted the prospect for Nadal to make a serious movement 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 the same: we still playing. Here we are,» said Nadal, who will be competing in his third Grand Slam final this year and reached the Wimbledon semi-finals.
«When I arrived here, my aim was to produce a opportunity to compete for the large 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 personal satisfaction. That’s the private happiness.
«I am happy in my livelihood. I’m very happy about what I’m doing. I will keep working hard to attempt and produce chances.
«Sunday is only one more chance, that is all.
«When I am in a position to win on Sunday, then it is going to be amazing. If I loseI hope to maintain having chances in the future to add things»
Medvedev came after an remarkable build-up about the North American hard courts as the kind player on the ATP Tour to the last Grand Slam of the year.
The Russian, that headed from the world’s best 10 dropped to Australian Nick Kyrgios and Nadal prior to going by beating David Goffin at the Cincinnati closing.
And he’s continued that form to become only the third person to reach all four finals in precisely the exact same season.
«This summer was so quickly and long at exactly the same moment,» Medvedev said.
«Long because I have played so many games. At precisely the identical time so quickly because I have not had any time look back and to sit and say I have done wonders.
«Hopefully I’ll have time following Sunday. It’s going to be the last game in the USA this summer.
«Obviously, deep inside meI know that what I have done these four months is amazing, actually comparing to what I’ve done before.
«I really don’t want to stop. I will always work to be better. I will attempt to do my best every day.»
Despite his victory, a few of Medvedev’s actions over the past two weeks haven’t endeared him to the New York crowd, goading them with interviews and his provocative post-match celebrations.
Ever since being booed off court after his third-round along with fourth-round wins, Medvedev has looked to shake the use of pantomime villain and apologised for his conduct, which has comprised angrily snatching towels out of ball individuals and curtly’thanking’ the American enthusiasts to get jeering him.
«I can only say I am a really calm individual in life. I actually don’t have any idea why the demons go out when I play tennis,» he explained.
«Every time I do something wrong on the court, I’m sitting with myself, thinking’I am not like that in regular life. Why does it happen? I don’t want it to happen like that’.
«So I have been working a good deal on it, also I’ve improved a whole lot. Sometimes it occurs.
«But, talking about normal lifetime, to make me mad you have to do something mad for one week in a row.
«You want to, I don’t understand, visit my hotel, knock on my door at 6am each morning for seven times in a row. Then I’m going to be a small bit that is mad. If not, I’m really calm.»
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