Daniil Medvedev

Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev roads to the 2019 US Open final


18 Grand Slam titles vs 0, 83 career titles vs 5. This US Open final looks one-sided but nonetheless appetizing as Daniil Medvedev has been on fire lately reaching his fourth consecutive final. He’s also the player with most wins on hard courts this season. Will he be the first NextGen player to claim a Grand Slam?

Medvedev’s road to the final

Medvedev only faced one-seeded player en route to the final: Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals. But it was all but an easy road for the Russian:
– he overcame severe cramping late in his second round match against Dellien
– he was booed by the crowd at every opportunity after giving them the middle finger in his third round match against Feliciano Lopez
– he lost the opening set to qualifier Dominik Koepfer in the fourth round
– he was booed again in his match against Wawrinka

Round Opponent Score
R1 Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-4 6-1 6-2
R2 Hugo Dellien 6-3 7-5 5-7 6-3
R3 Feliciano Lopez 7-6 4-6 7-6 6-4
R4 Dominik Koepfer 3-6 6-3 6-2 7-6
QF Stan Wawrinka [23] 7-6 6-3 3-6 6-1
SF Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 6-4 6-3
Nadal’s road to the final

Nadal only lost one set en route to his 27th Grand Slam final, to Marin Cilic in the fourth round, who at times looked like the player who triumphed here, back in 2014.

Round Opponent Score
R1 John Millman 6-3 6-2 6-2
R2 Thanasi Kokkinakis WO
R3 Hyeon Chung 6-3 6-4 6-2
R4 Marin Cilic [22] 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-2
QF Diego Schwartzman [20] 6-4 7-5 6-2
SF Matteo Berrettini [24] 7-6 6-4 6-1

Nadal will be the huge favorite to claim his fourth US Open title but everything can happen with the unpredictable Russian. He could follow the footsteps of Bianca Andreescu who stunned Serena Williams yesterday…

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