07 Oct 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
If he beats on finalist Daniil Medvedev at Sunday’s US Open showpiece rafael Nadal will move within one of Roger Federer’s haul of 20 Grand Slam names.
Second seed Nadal is the favourite to win his fourth title in New York.
Russian fifth seed Medvedev, 23, has lost two of his previous 22 matches, including a defeat by Nadal at 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 person who has more Grand Slams.”
The Russian guy to compete in a Grand Slam final since Marat Safin at the 2005 Australian Open, medvedev, is planning to break the grip Nadal, Federer and Serbian planet number one Novak Djokovic .
The’big three’ have won all the past 11 Grand Slam titles, together with Stan Wawrinka’s victory here in 2016 which makes the Swiss the previous man beyond the illustrious trio to assert one of the sport’s main prizes.
He will face Nadal for its second time in under a month after the world number just won 6-3.
“It is great I have this adventure playing Rafa at the closing of a Experts. I know what to expect. I understand how to get ready for it,” Medvedev said.
Nadal, who won his 18th Grand Slam at Roland Garros in June using a 12th name, was considered one of the favorites in New York with Djokovic and Federer, along by the onset of championship.
That has been a pattern over recent years such has become the trio’s dominance, that reveals no signs of changing despite all 3 guys.
The past 11 Grand Slams have been obtained 32-year-old Djokovic, by Nadal or even Federer.
However, the departure of 2018 champion Djokovic, who retired by his last-16 match against Stan Wawrinka with a shoulder injury, along with Federer’s quarter-final exit to the world number 78 Dimitrov, has granted the prospect for Nadal to earn a serious move in the race to be considered the best player of all time.
He will proceed within one of the tally for the first time of Federer In case Nadal lifts his fourth title at Flushing Meadows.
“I always say exactly the same: we still playing. Here we are,” said Nadal, who’ll be competing in his third Grand Slam final this season and reached the Wimbledon semi-finals.
“When I came here, my goal was to generate a chance to compete for the big thing . Here I am.
“I’ve given myself a second opportunity, as I did at Wimbledon, as I did in Australia, as I failed in Roland Garros. That is the satisfaction. That is the joy that is personal.
“I am happy about my livelihood. I’m quite pleased about what I’m doing. I will keep working hard to attempt to generate chances.
“Sunday is just one more opportunity, that’s all.
“When I am in a position to win on Sunday, it will be amazing. When I loseI hope to maintain having opportunities in the long run to add things”
Medvedev came to the last Grand Slam of the season since the form player on the ATP Tour after an impressive build-up on the American hard courts.
The Russian, who headed for 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 final before going.
And he’s continued that form to become the third man to achieve four finals in exactly the identical season.
“This summer has been so quickly and long at exactly the identical moment,” Medvedev said.
“Long because I have played so many games. At exactly the same time fast because I haven’t had any moment look again and to sit and say I have done wonders.
“Hopefully I’ll have time following Sunday. It is going to be the last match in the United States this summer.
“Obviously, deep inside of meI understand what I have completed these four weeks is amazing, even comparing to what I’ve done previously.
“I do not need to stop. I will work to be better. I will attempt to get my best every day.”
Despite his victory, a few of the activities over the past two months of Medvedev have not endeared him to the New York audience, goading them with his provocative parties and interviews.
Ever since being booed off court following his third-round along with fourth-round wins, Medvedev has looked to shake off the function of pantomime villain and apologised for his conduct, which has included angrily snatching towels out of chunk individuals and curtly’thanking’ the American fans to get jeering him.
“I can only say I’m a very calm person in existence. I really have no idea why the demons head out when I play tennis,” he said.
“Each time I do anything wrong on the court, I’m sitting , thinking’I’m not like that in regular life. Why does it occur? I don’t want it to happen like that’.
“So I’ve been working a lot on it, also I have improved a good deal. Occasionally it happens.
“But, speaking about ordinary life, to make me mad you want to do something mad for a single week in a row.
“You will 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’m going to be maybe a tiny bit that is mad. Otherwise, I’m quite calm.”
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