The former world No. 4 Tim Henman previewed the upcoming US Open final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev. The Brit, speaking on Amazon Prime, said: "I would be surprised if Medvedev got a set. Rafa has been fantastic.
The experience has a big part to play. If Medvedev is to have an impact I think the first five to seven games are really important. ‘If he can hold serve, stay in some of those rallies and be aggressive then he can establish himself.
If Rafa comes out firing and makes a fast start then things can get tricky for Medvedev. His attitude has won the crowd over but I don’t think it will make much difference to the support because Rafa is so popular wherever he is.
Medvedev is in a great position though. A straight sets victory, didn’t take much out of him, he’s got a day off tomorrow and can recharge the batteries for one last big push." Greg Rusedski said: “That’s where Rafa is so good.
He knows how to get that emotion, that fight, to handle those nerves and expectations. If I had anybody playing for my life, I’d put Rafael Nadal there”. Patrick Mouratoglou praised Nadal's semifinals opponent Matteo Berrettini: “I think it's a good example of someone who invested on his strength rather than trying to improve his weaknesses.
Because he improved, his weaknesses became not as bad, because his strengths became very, very powerful: serve, forehand. He's moving, for his height and his weight, he's moving incredibly well. He showed a lot of temper, an incredible motivation and temper and fighting spirit. For me, when I saw the match against Gael, he wanted it, like, so bad. That's why he finally ended up winning”.