In an interview as quoted by ATP the former world No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov spoke about Rafael Nadal's US Open final win over Daniil Medvedev. Kafelnikov said: “We exchanged text messages saying, ‘It could be an easy three sets’ after he lost the first set.
But then after the third, we started thinking, ‘Wow, this is going to be interesting!’. And of course, especially in the beginning of the fifth set, we said, ‘He’s going to win it!’. because he had total control of the match in the beginning of the fifth set.
To turn it around from having lost the match and to turn it around to almost winning the match and to end up losing, it’s a bummer. But at the end of the day, it’s absolutely a victory. He gained experience, I’m sure.
I was hoping it was not going to be the last time he was going to participate in a Grand Slam final, but after what I saw yesterday, I’m absolutely sure he’s going to have his chances many, many times more”.
“That’s another huge step forward for Daniil. At 23 we had not seen him get past the fourth round. This tournament he showed, ‘Okay, I’m going to be a contender for a very long time now in the Grand Slams'
Daniil believes now he can be a contender every time he steps on the court in the Slams. That kind of confidence is very important for every player”.