Daniil Medvedev


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…

Daniil Medvedev, 2019 US Open

Third time lucky for Daniil Medvedev: in his third final in as many weeks, he defeated David Goffin to capture the biggest title of his career so far. He lost to Nick Kyrgios in Washington and Rafael Nadal in Montreal, but this time he did not miss the opportunity to win his second trophy of the year, after Sofia in February.

“I have to say even if I wouldn’t have finished with the trophy, these weeks were amazing and the best in my life. But of course I think with the trophy is better. Especially if I would have lost three finals in a row, I would have not doubted myself but started asking myself how is it possible, three finals, lost all of them? What should I do differently in the final?
I don’t have to ask myself these questions because I won the final. It’s been the best weeks in my life. My serve was the best in my life. My tennis was really consistent. I didn’t have one bad match. I’m just extremely happy.”

He now leads the ATP Tour with 44 match wins this year (3 more than Nadal), 31 of them being on hard courts. He also makes his entry to the top 5, the first Russian to do so since Nikolay Davydenko in 2010.

And what will he do now?

“I need some days off. I’ve been playing tennis for so long in a row. I just need to stay in the bed for a few days watching the TV 24 hours a day. Hopefully I can regroup and get to the U.S. Open fresh.”

David Goffin who was bidding to become the first Belgian to claim a Masters 1000 event returns to the top 15. Roberto Bautista Agut, after 14 years on tour, makes his top 10 debut, while his opponent in the quarterfinals, Richard Gasquet jumps 22 places to 34. Andrey Rublev, who defeated Roger Federer in about an hour in the 4th round, is back to the top 50 (47).

Rafael Nadal US Open outfit

Rafael Nadal dispatched Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-0 in 70 minutes to capture the Montreal title, its 5th Canadian Open crown and 83rd career title. It is also the first time he has retained a title on hard courts.
With that victory Nadal gained a lot of confidence for the upcoming US Open where he will vie for a fourth title.
He will hit the courts wearing his signature sleeveless shirt in two colorways: violet (for day sessions) and black (for night sessions), paired with white shorts for day sessions and black shorts for night sessions.

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Thiem, winner of the 2019 Barcelona Open

Second trophy of the season for Dominic Thiem, his 13th overall, after his easy 6-4 6-0 victory over Daniil Medvedev.

“Only great players have won here. Rafa has won it 11 times and it means a lot that Muster won it twice. It’s a big moment for me.”

“I tried my best, but Dominic was too good,” said Medvedev. “At one point today, even just getting a point off him was a great achievement.” 

Next stop for both players: Madrid, where all the best players will be playing, even Federer who makes his comeback on clay.

Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev, Barcelona Open 2019

Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev, Barcelona Open 2019

Dominic Thiem, Barcelona Open 2019

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

Read more:
– 2019 ATP clay-court season guide
– Barcelona Open 2019: Medvedev through the semifinals
– Barcelona Open 2019: Nadal and Thiem will face off in the semifinals

Dominic Thiem, Barcelona Open 2019

Another week, another disappointing defeat for Rafael Nadal. One week after his 6-4 6-2 loss to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo’s semifinal, Nadal was outplayed by Dominic Thiem, losing 6-4 6-4.
For the first time since 2004, Rafa has won no title in the first four months of the season. Could he enter Roland Garros without a clay-court title under his belt?

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In the other semifinal, Daniil Medvedev overcame Kei Nishikori after a 3-set 6-4 3-6 7-5 thriller. It will be the Russian’s third final of the year after his loss in Brisbane and victory in Sofia.

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Kei Nishikori, Barcelona Open 2019

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Medvedev and Thiem only met once so far, in the St Petersburg quarterfinals last year, with Thiem winning in 3 sets.

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

Read more:
– 2019 ATP clay-court season guide
– Barcelona Open 2019: Medvedev through the semifinals
Barcelona Open 2019: Nadal and Thiem will face off in the semifinals