Daniil Medvedev: 'Rafael Nadal is a beast on the court'

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Daniil Medvedev: 'Rafael Nadal is a beast on the court'

In a press conference in the US Open Daniil Medvedev spoke about his upcoming final match against Rafael Nadal. The Russian, who lost to the Spaniard in a straight-set Montreal final last month, said: "It's tough to find words.

So many players and so many people found them before me. He's one of the greatest champions in the history of our sport. He's just a machine, a beast on the court. The energy he's showing is just amazing. To play him in your first Grand Slam final should be, I want to say, a funny thing.

It's not going to be a funny thing, but it's going to be an amazing thing to live." On Berrettini, Medvedev added: "Matteo has improved enormously. I remember this match, second round of Indian Wells. I think I got my first Masters win in the first round of Indian Wells.

Kind of big moment for me. I was supposed to play Kyrgios. My ranking at this moment, it was not easy to face him. Then he retires and I play Berrettini, lucky loser from qualifying who lost to Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-1. Okay, good draw.

First game of the match, he was serving 140 miles per hour. I was, Wow, what's happening? Talking about this match, I had 6-1 in the tiebreaker and I lost the tiebreak. So it's a match to remember. Yeah, second set he was up 3-1, Love-40, and I won the match.

It's a good match to remember. It's great to see how far both of us have become and see the position we're in, both first semifinals of a Grand Slam, maybe two first finalists of a Grand Slam on Sunday. It's great to see him."