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
Rafael Nadal will proceed within one of Roger Federer’s haul of 20 Grand Slam titles when he beats first-time big finalist Daniil Medvedev from Sunday’s US Open showpiece.
Second seed Nadal is the favourite to win his name in New York.
23, russian fifth seed Medvedev, has dropped two of his 22 matches, like a defeat from Nadal at August’s Rogers Cup final.
«I would love to be the one who wins more Grand Slams,» Spaniard Nadal said.
But he added:»I sleep quite well without being the one who has more Grand Slams.»
Medvedev, the first Russian guy to compete at a Grand Slam final since Marat Safin in the 2005 Australian Open, is intending to break Serbian and Nadal, Federer world one Novak Djokovic’s grip about the majors.
Even the’big three’ have won each of the 11 Grand Slam titles, together with the victory here in 2016 making the the last man outside the trio to claim one of the biggest prizes of the sport of Stan Wawrinka.
He’ll confront Nadal for its second time in under a month after the world number two won 6-3 6-0 at Montreal.
«It is great I have this experience playing Rafa in the closing of a Masters. I know what to anticipate. I know how to get ready 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 by the onset of tournament, combined with Federer and Djokovic.
That’s been a pattern over recent years such has become the dominance, which shows no signs of changing despite all three guys entering their 30s of the trio.
The 11 Grand Slams have been won 32-year-old Djokovic by Nadal or 38-year-old Federer.
However, the death of 2018 champion Djokovic, who retired by his last-16 suit against Stan Wawrinka using a shoulder injury, and Federer’s quarter-final exit to the world number 78 Dimitrov, has granted the opportunity for Nadal to make a serious move in the race to be regarded as the best player of all time.
He will proceed inside one of the tally for the first time of Federer In case Nadal lifts his title at Flushing Meadows.
«I always say exactly the same: we still enjoying. Here we are,» said Nadal, who’ll be competing in his third Grand Slam final this year and reached the Wimbledon semi-finals.
«When I came here, my goal was to create a chance to compete for the big thing . Here I’m talking about
«I’ve given myself a second opportunity, as I did at Wimbledon, since I did in Australia, as I did in Roland Garros. That is the private gratification. That’s the happiness that is private.
«I’m happy about my career. I am very happy about what I am doing. I will continue working hard to try to produce opportunities.
«Sunday is just one more opportunity, that is all.
«If I am able to win on Sunday, then it will be amazing. When I lose, I aspire to maintain having opportunities in the long run to add items »
Medvedev came after an on the North American courts as the form player on the ATP Tour to the final Grand Slam of the season.
The Russian, who headed for the very first time in July, dropped to Australian Nick Kyrgios and Nadal in the Washington and Montreal finals by defeating Belgian David Goffin in the Cincinnati closing, prior to going one better.
And he has continued that form to become only the third person to reach all four finals in the exact same season during the Open era.
«This summer has been so fast and long in the exact identical moment,» Medvedev said.
«Long because I’ve played so many games. In the exact same time fast because I have not had any moment look again and to sit and say I’ve done wonders.
«Hopefully I will have some time following Sunday. It’s going to be the final match in the United States this summer.
«Of course, deep inside meI understand that what I have done these four weeks is amazing, actually comparing to what I’ve done previously.
«I don’t wish to discontinue. I will work to be better. I will try to get my best every day.»
Some of Medvedev’s activities over the past two months haven’t endeared him to the New York audience, goading them with his provocative parties and interviews.
Ever since being booed off court after his third-round and fourth-round wins, Medvedev has appeared to shake off the role of pantomime villain and apologised for his conduct, that has included angrily snatching towels out of ball individuals and curtly’thanking’ the American fans to get jeering him.
«I can only say I am a really calm person in life. I actually don’t have any idea why the demons head out when I play tennis,» he said.
«Every time I do something wrong on the courtroom, I’m sitting , thinking’I am not like that in regular life. Why does it happen? 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 good deal. Occasionally it occurs.
«However, talking about regular life, to make me angry you need to do something crazy for one week in a row.
«You will need to, I do not know, visit my hotel, knock on my door at 6am each morning for seven days in a row. Then I’m going to be a small bit that is mad. If not, I’m quite calm.»
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