Rafael Nadal is especially relieved that he managed to reach the US Open final for the fifth time in his career on Friday evening (local time). The Spaniard, who dealt with Matteo Berrettini in three sets, is happy to live up to expectations.
"It means a lot to me that I am back on this point in my career. Especially after the sometimes difficult period at the start of this season," Nadal announced at his press conference after his victory over 23-year-old Berrettini.
33-year-old Nadal reached the final of the Australian Open in January, but it then took four months before he reached the final battle of an ATP tournament again. He won the Madrid clay tournament in May and won Roland Garros for the twelfth time in early June.
Nadal is still unapproachable at the US Open. The number two in the world on the way to his 27th Grand Slam final lost only one set and is surprisingly the only player in the top three to reach the final four on Flushing Meadows.
Rafael Nadal is going for his nineteenth Grand Slam title. (Photo: Pro Shots)
'Must play the very best tennis against Medvedev'
To win the US Open for the fourth time in his career and to take a new step to the record number of Grand Slam titles by Roger Federer (twenty), eighteen-fold Grand Slam winner Nadal has to deal with Daniil Medvedev.
"He takes a new step in his development every week," says Nadal. "Daniil has a great summer with his tournament win in Cincinnati and final places in Montreal and Washington. He is the best player of this summer and therefore also the most difficult opponent. I will have to play my best tennis."
The final between Nadal and Medvedev starts on Sunday at 10 p.m. at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. The women's final battle is between Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu and is scheduled for Saturday at 10 p.m.
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