Speaking on Eurosport the former world No. 1 Mats Wilander commented on what Daniil Medvedev's hard-fought loss to Rafael Nadal means for the next generation of players. The Swede said: "It will bring to a different direction.
It's important for the tennis world, for the players who are same aged or younger. Nadal is good as now as he has ever been and Medvedev lost in five, so they are like, I have a chance against Federer, Rafa and Djokovic."
On the US Open highlights, Wilander added: "My favorite match was Berrettini and Monfils. Brilliant one. Two great guys who played with a lot of passion, excellent tennis throughout the match. So exciting. Berrettini, Medvedev, they are future, big strong guys, not afraid of playing in the big moments and against the top guys.
The way Medvedev dealt with the crowd, it was brilliant. You can agree or disagree but he has earned the respect from the crowd." Asked if Nadal will catch Roger Federer's 20 Majors, Wilander replied: "I am not sure but I am excited about the next two or three years.
Federer will try to stop Nadal, it will encourage the Swiss to play for at least two more years." Alex Corretja: "Nadal wanted to hold that trophy this week no matter if he had to fight, play well. He was playing good, I would say not great.
The court was a bit slower at night and it was difficult to hit winners so that's why he came to the net so many times. When you get a bit older chances are less to win Majors and that's why Nadal realized how important it was.
He knew from the beginning of the tournament how special would have been after Federer and Djokovic and all the top ten players lost."