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…

Bianca Andreescu, 2019 US Open

Turning back the clock … 20 years after her first US Open title, Serena is in final again. She’ll face 19-yr old Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who’s chasing her first Slam title. Let’s have a look at both players road to the final:

Bianca Andreescu’s road to the final

She finished 2018 ranked world number 178, and now it seems she can’t stop winning, as she will be make her entry to the top 10 on Monday. She had a breakout tournament at Indian Wells, defeating Muguruza, Svitolina and Kerber en route to her maiden WTA title. She then reached the fourth round in Miami, but missed most of the clay and grass court seasons due to a shoulder injury. She came back at the Canadian Open in Toronto, and became the first Canadian woman to win the event Faye Urban in 1969.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Katie Volynets 6-2 6-4
R2 Kirsten Flipkens 6-3 7-5
R3 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-4
R4 Taylor Townsend 6-1 4-6 6-2
QF Elise Mertens 3-6 6-2 6-3
SF Belinda Bencic 7-6 7-5

Playing her first US Open, she’s had the best debut since Venus Williams in 1997.
Bianca cruised through the first three rounds without dropping a set, but had to work hard to get past Taylor Townsend and Elise Mertens in the next rounds. She saved a set point and rallied from two breaks down, winning five straight games to defeat Belinda Bencic in the semifinals.

“I’ve always dreamt of this moment ever since I was a little kid. But I don’t think many people would have actually thought that it would become a reality.”

Serena Williams’ road to the final

Serena has won no title so far this year: she reached the Wimbledon final but was dispatched by Simona Halep 2-6 2-6, and a month later, facing Bianca Andreescu in the final of the Canadian Open, she was forced to retire due to back spasms.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-1
R2 Caty McNally 5-7 6-3 6-1
R3 Karolina Muchova 6-3 6-2
R4 Petra Martic 6-3 6-4
QF Qiang Wang 6-1 6-0
SF Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-1

Serena only dropped a set – to 17 yr old McNally – en route to a record 10th Open final. She’s been particularly impressive in her last two rounds, as she dismantled Wang and Svitolina in the quarters and semifinals respectively.
Her victory over the Ukrainian was her 101st win here, tying Chris Evert.

“I think when I first started, you could win a lot of easy matches, then you’re in the quarterfinals, that’s when it starts to get a little more tough. Now, like, there’s no easy match. Everyone’s playing great. Everyone’s just doing a lot better.”

So, who do you think will win this clash of generations? Will it be a record-tying 24th Slam for Serena or a 1st for Bianca?

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Nadal 2019 US Open shoes

Rafa‘s shoe of choice at this year’s US Open is the NikeCourt Zoom Cage 3 in black and bright violet. Nadal’s shoes and outfit are available on nike.com.

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Marin Cilic US Open outfit

2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic is facing Rafael Nadal today for a place in the quarterfinals. He is wearing a polo and short from the PL Rolando line named after Pierluigi Rolando, FILA‘s original creative director, back in 1971.

Marin Cilic US Open outfit

Marin Cilic US Open outfit

Marin’s outfit is available online.

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Naomi Osaka US Open outfit

Naomi Osaka returns to NYC, the place of her first Grand Slam title, wearing exclusive NikeCourt x sacai performance apparel.
The world number one, who’ll face Coco Gauff in the third round, switched from adidas to Nike earlier this year.

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