Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nadal eyeing Federer's grand slam record

Nadal eyeing Federer's grand slam record

Rafael Nadal is one match away from Grand Slam title No. 19 after defeating Italian Matteo Berrettini 7-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Friday night's 2019 U.S. Open semifinal in Flushing, N.Y. I am very happy about what I'm doing.

NADAL POWERS THROUGH In the second semifinal, Nadal, the three-time US Open victor, punched 37 winners to claim a 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-1 win in 2 hours and 35-minutes over first-time major semifinalist Italy's Matteo Berrettini. Nadal lost the first point of the tie break with a double fault and his opponent stretched the tally to 4-0 before Nadal got his first point and took the sixth point on a break of Berrettini serve. I like the atmosphere, I like the crowd.

"Long because I've played so many matches. That's important for me".

Medvedev, the first Russian man to compete in a Grand Slam final since Marat Safin at the 2005 Australian Open, is aiming to break the grip of Nadal, Federer and Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic on the majors. "Is a super tough final".

"Is true: I would love to be the one to have more, yes, but you can not be all day frustrated or all day thinking about what's your neighbour have better than you", Nadal said.

"I think at the end of the (semi-final) match I increased my level again". I don't want to be too down on myself. If not, is so hard. He is a 100% fit, unlike past year, and has dialed up the intensity very early in the week. He didn't win his first U.S. Open until 2010 in his eight try.

"All his season is awesome", Nadal said.

"He's one of the more solid players on tour".

"This year I lost two really tough five-setters, at Roland-Garros, leading 2-0, having a break in the fifth", Medvedev said. He's one of many best champions within the historical past of our sport.

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When told that Berrettini described him as "a beast, a machine", Nadal smiled and said: "I just hope to be like this on Sunday". At the same time so fast because I haven't had any moment to just sit down and look back and say I've done awesome things.

Daniil Medvedev first made a name for himself at the US Open by earning the wrath of spectators.

Nadal is rightly the favorite for the ultimate and it will nonetheless be an fantastic shock if he didn't go away NY with a 19th Grand Slam title. Nadal broke in the seventh game of the second set before serving out in the tenth game, taking a two-set lead.

"I lost a lot of matches in my career when I was getting insane. I will need it".

Nadal will be Medvedev's fourth left-handed foe of the tournament.

"But it's true, I would love to be the one to have more, yes, but you can not be frustrated all day thinking about what your neighbour has that is better than you".

High-emotion play has often been a signature of Medvedev's game - he meets multiple times per week with a sports psychologist to learn to rein himself in - so look for sparks to fly Sunday. Kind of getting used to it. Then he was only going harder, harder, faster, stronger, and I was only going down.

After his semifinal, Medvedev admitted he had been "eaten" by Nadal in their previous encounter, but that it would serve as a lesson for him ahead of their Flushing Meadows finale. The "King of Clay" said he feels a different vibe in New York: "You just can say thanks to the crowd because, honestly, I feel a big support from them all the time". "I was lucky to win the tiebreak". "If he keeps going the same way, plays the same, I think absolutely he's got a major shot". "But he's totally able to manage this and to come on the court with his mind 100% ready to play his best tennis and to win the match". I knew I was going the right way, I just had to fight for every set, for every point.

"Here the wind is not there".

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