World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev has admitted that he has had a smooth path to the US Open. Medvedev, who is aiming to win his first Grand Slam title, lost only one set en route to making the US Open final. The only player to took a set off Medvedev was qualifier Botic Van de Zandschulp, who pushed the Russian into a five-setter in the quarterfinal.
"Yeah, in a way it was definitely smooth. You know how Grand Slams are: even if you get to the final without losing a set, all the matches going to be tough in their own way," Medvedev noted. "There were some tight moments.
There were some tight battles. Against Botic I won 7-5 in the fourth, which is not that much of a margin. "It's never easy, but I'm happy that I managed to save a lot of physical abilities, physical power, and mental power.
For sure, I mean, I don't think anybody is capable of winning slam after playing, let's say, first three rounds five sets. I doubt this ever happened. So this is important."
Medvedev enters the third Grand Slam final with more experience
Earlier this year, Medvedev suffered a 7-5 6-2 6-2 loss to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final.
Medvedev was asked what he has learned from the Australian Open final defeat. "Definitely tactically, because he was playing different than the matches he did before me, and I was kind of not ready for it. So now I am," Medvedev explained.
"I think, yeah, if it's going to be him, it's going to be more interesting in terms of tactic what I'm going to prepare. I think the thing that I understand, I always give my best, but I feel like I didn't leave my heart on the court in Melbourne.
Even if of course I wanted to, there was something not turning up this match. "That's what I'm going to try to do on Arthur Ashe with hopefully 100% of fans. No matter the score, I'm just going to turn up the heat, if I can say, and try to do my best, even more than what I did in Melbourne."