Rafael Nadal has convincingly qualified for the final of the US Open this coming Sunday. Opponent Matteo Berrettini offered good resistance in the first two sets, but eventually had to bow to the Spaniard's class: 7-6 (6), 6-4 and 6-1. In the final, Nadal meets Danill Medvedev, who set aside Grigor Dimitrov.
Nadal can write to the US Open for the fourth time. The last time that the hard court tournament won was in 2017. Before that, he was also the best in 2010 and 2013. Last year Juan Martín del Potro was too strong in the semi-finals.
The Spaniard hopes to win his nineteenth Grand Slam title. With twenty titles, Roger Federer is still the record holder. Novak Djokovic is chasing Nadal with sixteen titles.
Berrettini did not get any break opportunities during the entire game, but also retained his service games in the first set, with or without great difficulty. A tiebreak had to make a decision in which the Italian started well. However, a 4-0 lead and two set points proved insufficient, after which Nadal did cash in his first set point of the tiebreak.
In the second set, the service of the Spaniard again proved inviolable; Nadal lost only four points in his own games and he managed to take the service game from Berrettini for the first time. Afterwards the resistance was broken and Nadal decided the game in his favor after two and a half hours.
Danill Medvedev (Photo: ProShots)
Medvedev is convincingly qualified for the US Open final
The fifth-placed Medvedev is the first Russian in the final of a Grand Slam since Marat Safin in 2005.
Medvedev has never been further than a fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament, but has been performing excellent all summer on ATP tournaments in North America. In Washington and Montreal he made it to the final but lost twice, once to Nadal. He was the strongest in Cincinnati.
Despite his many competitions in North America lately, Medvedev was not loved by the American public at the US Open. During his third-round match against Féliciano Lopez, he behaved himself against a ball boy and smashed his racket, after which he showed the audience his middle finger.
Medvedev also sought confrontation with the public in the quarterfinals and interviews after his matches. The relationship between him and tennis fans seemed to have calmed down somewhat against Dimitrov.
The first two sets went straight but were decided in favor of the Russian because he was better than Dimitrov at crucial moments. In the third set the difference between the two men was much larger and Medvedev decided the game in his favor after more than two and a half hours of playing.
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