In a column for El Pais Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni spoke about the upcoming US Open final between his nephew and Daniil Medvedev. The 58-year-old wrote: "Medvedev is probably the less known Next Gen player. Or at least that's what it has been like so far.
He has a less popular image than Nick Kyrgios, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. But seeing the progress made by the Russian this year, we face a very dangerous opponent that needs to be considered in the mix going forward.
He is a player without amazing qualities that are replaced by great tactics and a balance on all his shots. In the Australian Open, he already showed what he is made of in the fourth against Novak Djokovic. And his evolution has been consistent from that.
Last year he ended as a world No. 16 and, regardless of what happens in the final, he will leave the US Open as a world No. 1. He has a great opportunity, becoming the first Next-Gen Grand Slam winner. I am confident that he feels pressure and he becomes aware of how difficult is to approach a match like this, and that this generation needs to wait for another final.
Rafa, on his side, played an inconsistent tournament, with brilliant moments and other ones more inconsistent, but I think that with the semis he got the feeling of consistency back in order to play the final match. I think he will be convinced he will dictate rallies at a high level.
Rafael also has a big opportunity. It's his 27th final and a big chance to get closer to Federer and being further from Djokovic."