Daniil Medvedev was asked by Eurosport when he started thinking he could have reached the US Open final. The Russian player, who will face Rafael Nadal on Sunday on the Arthur Ashe Stadium, said: "Maybe when I defeated Stan Wawrinka in the quarters.
Before that match, I was not thinking about reaching the final or winning a Grand Slam. It's true that I am coming from a Masters 1000 title win like Cincinnati but the US Open is different, and most of all if you looked at the side of the draw I was in.
I was set to play quarters with Novak Djokovic and semifinals with Roger Federer. The goal was to reach the quarters but I did further and that's unbelievable." What it means for him to be the first Russian that competes in a Grand Slam final since Marat Safin did it 19 years ago? "It means a lot because less players from my country can say that they achieved it.
Making history is very important for me. But it has not ended here because I can win. I hope my compatriots suipport me. Here the environment is unique and you cannot compare it to the rest of the tournaments. It's most similar to a football or baseball match.
Us players are not very used to it. We usually play in theatre-like places. It's always the same: you win a point, the crowd claps and prepares for the following point." Medvedev feels confident ahead of the upcoming US Open final against Nadal.
The Moscow native recalled his straight-set Montreal final loss to the Mallorcan: "Rafa is a great player, one of the biggest champions in the history of the sport. Facing him is never easy. I learned a lot from that match and hopefully this time I can beat him."