US Open men's final preview: Nadal and Medvedev in search of glory


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US Open men's final preview: Nadal and Medvedev in search of glory

Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev will compete in the final of the US Open 2019. The Spaniard will play his fourth final at Flushing Meadows, while the Russian reached his first career Slam final. Nadal will play to get even closer to the Roger Federer's Slam record; should he make it he would go at only one Major from Swiss Maestro.

Medvedev showed on the courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center he can aspire to great achievements, thanks to a solid and perfect tennis for hard-courts. Nadal reached the final by beating opponents like Hyeon Chung, Marin Cilic, Diego Schwartzman and Matteo Berrettini.

Medvedev defeated rivals such as Feliciano Lopez, Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov. The defeat of players like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic simplified the path of the Russian, who however deserved to reach this final, playing the US Open as a protagonist.

In head-to-head Nadal won the only match played, last August at the Rogers Cup final, with the score of 6-3 6-0. Nadal's habit of playing matches of this importance can make a difference. The Spaniard is the favorite for the final victory.

It will be difficult for Medvedev to counter the athletic and technical power of the three-time champion in New York, even if he will have some chances if he can take advantage of every mistake that the Mallorcan could grant.

Moreover, a slower surface than in past years will be a factor will advantage Nadal's tennis. From the energetic point of view Rafa should arrive in this final with more energies than his young rival; the Spaniard lost only one set during the tournament (against Marin Cilic), and in the second round he took advantage of the walkover against Thanasi Kokkinakis. US Open men's singles finals - Percentages: Rafael Nadal 60% Daniil Medvedev 40%