"You're watching him and you think it's cool". I knew what he's going to do.
"If you are the one to achieve more, fantastic".
Nadal has been gaining on Federer in the grand slam title standings and a fourth US Open title will also move him within one of Federer's record total in the overall standings. This highly anticipated match is bound to be another one for the history books as both Serena and the Canadian teenager have something to prove.
The 6-foot-6 Medvedev hadn't even been past the fourth round at a Grand Slam until this one.
Nadal won his first Grand Slam at the 2005 French Open and this year captured his 12th career title on the red clay of Roland Garros.
"We don't need to hold this era anymore", Nadal said.
The second seed has cruised through to his fifth final at Flushing Meadows, while Federer and world No 1 Novak Djokovic have long left NY. Fittingly, they have set themselves for a championship clash at the US Open when they meet in Sunday's final. It has been a relatively comfortable draw that Nadal has come through to make what is his fifth US Open Final appearance. "I want to lose matches because I was a (worse) tennis player on the court than my opponent". He has famously had trouble with his body over the years, particularly when it comes to less-forgiving hard courts, but right now, he sure looks healthy, hale and hungry as ever. And so he did, because Nadal double-faulted on break point after he was docked a serve for his third time violation of the evening. Spectators can react to many things, help players or criticise them. To play him in your first Grand Slam final should be - I want to say a amusing thing.
If his performances at Flushing Meadows are any evidence, Nadal should see plenty more of Medvedev in the latter stages of his career. In March, he took down a huge score on Dominic Thiem winning Indian Wells at 80-1, and then he called Adrian Mannarino's Libema Open title at 25-1.More news: Yelich leads Brewers to win over Cubs
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Britain's Andy Murray won his third Grand Slam title and second Wimbledon trophy by defeating Canada's Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/2). "I think it was a good level", Dimitrov said.
"Next time" has come much sooner than he would have expected.
Medvedev had never been past the fourth round at a major until now. And he has earned it. The result: Medvedev had the Tour-highest of 50 wins this year and has made the most number of finals (7). Nadal said. "Very tough mentally and physically, too". "That's what I've been missing before", the Moscow native said. "I know how to prepare for it". But here, this week, everything has worked out.
He saved a set point in the first set and stayed close to the Spaniard shot for shot into the tiebreaker, where he had two set points of his own. I was playing better than him in the next two sets. Looking ahead to meeting Medvedev, Nadal said: "He's making steps forward every single week". If not, at least I gave my best during all my career.
Nadal's record against first-time grand slam finalists doesn't bode well for Medvedev: 5-1.
What had all the makings of a crowning morphed into a real contest thanks to Medvedev, a man a decade younger and appearing in his first major final. He has won a lot, which means he had ended up playing a lot of matches as well.
Nadal has been here in the final of a Slam many, many times, while Medvedev obviously has not. The bad news he has had quadriceps and adductor issues, which he has tried to boring with painkillers at the Open.
Nadal enjoyed a remarkable 2017, reaching three major finals after many thought his days of contending for slams were over. He may have to take a trick or two out of Safin's playbook to slay this giant.