Rafael Nadal has never been so close to Roger Federer, says pundit

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Rafael Nadal has never been so close to Roger Federer, says pundit

Speaking on Tennis Channel the pundit Jon Wertheim spoke about Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic after the Spaniard's US Open final win over Daniil Medvedev. Wertheim said: "We watch this matches in the present but it is so hard to divorce Federer, Nadal and Djokovic from this greater historic conversation we have.

All of these matches have so much weight. The last time Nadal played in the fifth set of a major final was the 2017 Australian Open - up a break on Federer and he could not close it which has huge historic importance. Tonight Nadal was up two breaks in the fifth set and he lost the first one, can you imagine what Nadal was feeling when he went up to serve for that second time? But he closes it out and he now has 19 majors to Federer’s 20 and it’s never been closer”.

The Russian coach Viktor Kamelzon spoke about Daniil Medvedev's amazing effort in the US Open final against Rafael Nadal. Kamelzon said: "This is pure madness, I have never seen anything like it. This is one of the best Grand Slam finals, such a match happens once a decade.

This is Nadal’s experience and Medvedev’s missed opportunity. The favorite’s incredible luck was that he could still stand, did not fall and stayed true to himself. Nadal was undeniably the favorite, his tennis achievements are monumental. The fact that Medvedev put up this fight is a manifestation of his talent, character."