In men's final, Nadal seeks his 19th major, Medvedev eyes first

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Rafael Nadal moved to the brink of a 19th career Grand Slam title on Friday (Sept 6) by beating Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-1 to reach the US Open final.

Truly tested for the only time in the tournament, the No. 2-seeded Nadal managed to stop Medvedev's surge and hold off his historic comeback bid, pulling out a 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 victory in 4 hours, 50 minutes of highlight-worthy action and feature-film-worthy drama on Sunday, collecting his fourth championship at Flushing Meadows.

Nadal has looked impressive this year, despite his advancing years. 'I'll face the participant who's profitable extra matches of the yr, and the participant who's enjoying on the best degree since some time.

Nadal, who made the semi-finals at all four Slams for the first season since 2008, captured his 12th French Open title in June, lost the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic and fell to Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals. The Sunday final against Nadal will be his 23rd match in just over 30 days.

"I would love to be the one who achieve more Grand Slams, but I still sleep very well without being the one who have more Grand Slams". Nadal's next opponent had a taste of his hard-court fury in Montreal just weeks ago, when Nadal waxed Medvedev in the final 6-3, 6-0.

Those emotions are echoed by former world number two Alex Corretja, who claims that a "tired" Medvedev will find it hard to keep up with the relentless Rafa.

"One of the most emotional nights of my tennis career", said Nadal, who covered his face with his hands while crying when arena video boards showed clips from each of his Slam triumphs.

"Daniil is one of the most solid players on the tour, he's making steps every week and he had an wonderful summer".

"Rafa played a good semifinal".

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"It's great that I have this experience playing him in the final of a Masters". I knew I was going the right way, I just had to fight for every set, for every point. He kind of, I would say, eaten me on the court.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his victory over Matteo Berrettini of Italy during their Singles Men's Semi-finals match at the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in NY on September 6, 2019.

It is the second seed's third Grand Slam final of 2019 and 27th overall while the fifth seed is playing his first Major final.

"If I am able to win on Sunday, it will be wonderful, " Nadal said. The first two matches are always the toughest ones, and then it becomes easier.

Born a decade apart, this was their first matchup, and so the early stages were as much a chance for Nadal to familiarize himself with the guy as it was for fans who might not know much about Berrettini.

Nadal stands in his manner, with targets past profitable a fourth US Open title additionally in his sights.

And Federer, who lost an epic five-set Wimbledon final to Djokovic in July, was ousted in the quarter-finals by Grigor Dimitrov, who had lost their prior seven matches.

"The first set was a little frustrating because I had a lot of breakpoints before the tiebreak and he didn't have any". As Tim Henman put it to Amazon Prime, 'I would be surprised if Medvedev got a set'. Then the momentum changed completely. Like his attitude is something that it's - I think it's close to the perfection. "We had some unbelievable level". The robust Russian came out on top of a marathon ninth game and then took his set point opportunity after the Bulgarian netted on the backhand side. Medvedev broke for a 3-1 lead in the third set and held to the finish.

"Watching Marat (Safin) when we were young, that's why we threw racquet", Medvedev told the press. I think it was just a few points here and there. "It was a good level".