Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Slam chase means more to Nadal than winning the most majors

Medvedev celebrates his semi-final victory on Friday. Danielle Parhizkaran  USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Medvedev celebrates his semi-final victory on Friday. Danielle Parhizkaran USA TODAY Sports via Reuters
Shannon Reynolds | 10 September, 2019, 13:04

If this match is concluded in three, the Spaniard should be the one lifting the trophy, but any more than that and Medvedev's confidence could grow into dominance.

Sure, the Russian has made finals in Washington, Canada, Cincinnati and now the US Open - only luminaries Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl have done that before in the Open Era in the same season - but he was crushed by Nadal 6-3, 6-0 in the final in Canada. That's where I've been going step by step.

But those exchanges appeared more spontaneous stagecraft than any calculated cynicism or underlying resentment from the Russian, and he has subsequently extended the olive branch to New Yorkers twice, after his quarterfinal and semifinal wins.

Nadal vs Medvedev Live Streams Reddit US Open 2019 Tennis Men's Final game Online Streaming Help for You, Daniil Medvedev procured the very first spot from the tournament round by predominant in opposition to Grigor Dimitrov, even though Rafael Nadal defeated Matteo Berrettini from the nightcap.

Nadal (12), Federer (5) and Djokovic (15) have gobbled up 32 of the 39 slams this decade - and threaten to complete a clean sweep between them for a third straight year.

Federer holds the all-time men's record of 20 grand slams and at 38 his opportunities to win another are waning, making the two match points the Swiss great squandered against Novak Djokovic in the this year's Wimbledon final all the harder to bear. Both Nadal and Medvedev have asserted their supremacy during the North American hard-court swing.

"He's one of the more solid players on tour", Nadal said of Medvedev. In the third set, Matteo committed many unforced errors that led to the dismal score of 6/2.

Nadal's coach, Francis Roig talked about the big strides his ward had taken on hard courts. I don't want it to happen like this'. This affords him many "easy" points.

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"I can only say I'm a really calm person in life. I think he is realizing the value of building up a point with a more pointed attack and he's evolving into a more well-rounded player in the process".

The Flushing Meadows fans that jeered Medvedev in Week 1 because of his on-court behavior - he trolled his detractors by sarcastically thanking them and telling him their vitriol was why he won - were pulling for him.

He spoke about getting good preparation for facing Nadal by already having beaten three other left-handers in NY. He's having an wonderful summer, winning Cincinnati and making the final in Montreal and Washington and now the final here. I need to be playing at my best.

"Next time" has come much sooner than he would have expected. Medvedev, who is youngest Major finalist since Djokovic in 2010, will look to be the first male player born in 1990s to win a Slam. He has given up the wonderful world of candies, indulging briefly only once a tournament ends, and is reaping the benefits of working with a mind coach.

Mostly sunny. High of 77 degrees (25 C). "That's what I've been missing before", the Moscow native said. I knew I was going the right way, I just had to fight for every set, for every point. But here, this week, everything has worked out. "First set had been a little bit frustrating". "He's having an wonderful summer". He's been playing the best tennis on tour this summer so he will be the toughest opponent in the final.

"When I was coming to the USA, I didn't know it would be that good", Medvedev said in an on-court interview. At Flushing Meadows, he has battled cramps, a quadriceps injury, a Grand Slam champion, hostile crowd and his own meltdown to reach his fourth straight final. - Bianca Andreescu, after winning her first major title at the US Open.

This particular match ended the way he wanted it to. The Sunday final against Nadal will be his 23rd match in just over 30 days. Oddsmakers list Nadal as a -550 favorite (risk $550 to win $100), while Medvedev is going off at +400 (risk $100 to win $400) in the latest Nadal vs. Medvedev odds. He may have to take a trick or two out of Safin's playbook to slay this giant.

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