The day 14 preview serves up US Open tips as Daniil Medvedev vies for a maiden grand slam title and Rafael Nadal guns for his 19th in a fascinating men’s final.
06:00 (AEST), Mon 9th Sep @ Flushing Meadows, New York
History: Played 1: Nadal 1 V Medvedev 0
History: Rogers Cup, 2019 (F): Nadal d Medvedev 6-3 6-0
Final Thoughts: Fifth seed Daniil Medvedev heads into his maiden grand slam final with a mountain to climb in the form of on-fire legend Rafael Nadal.
The 23-year-old Russian had never previously been past the fourth round of a major. But he has been magnificent throughout his US Open charge. After negotiating a relatively gentle draw over the first four rounds, he overcame former champion Stan Wawrinka in four sets and resurgent veteran Grigor Dimitrov in three.
World No.2 Nadal dropped just one set on his way to the final – to Marin Cilic in the fourth round. Since then he has blitzed rising stars Diego Schwartzman and Matteo Berrettini in straight sets.
The pair met recently in the Rogers Cup final, Nadal romping to a 6-3 6-0 victory. But Medvedev subsequently won the Cincinnati Masters with wins over the likes of Novak Djokovic and David Goffin.
This is the fourth straight tournament decider Medvedev has reached, having also got to the Washington Open final.
Nadal is a three-time US Open champion, winning in 2010, 2013 and 2017. His record in grand slam finals is an outstanding 18-8, including 3-1 at the US Open.
The 33-year-old has won eight of his last 11 grand slam finals. Seven of his eight losses in grand slam finals were to Roger Federer and Djokovic – which doesn’t bode well for the comparatively inexperienced Medvedev.
Medvedev’s stamina and poise has been a feature of the past fortnight. He has a tremendous all-round game and will push Nadal, but the Spanish icon has been too dominant to back against. Medvedev’s time will come – but Nadal should have too much in the tank.