Saturday, 21 September, 2019

Eyeing 19th Slam title, Nadal plays Medvedev at US Open

Nadal plays down injury concerns at Flushing Meadows 2019 US Open – Matteo Berrettini vs Rafael Nadal Preview & Prediction
Cary Erickson | 10 September, 2019, 14:46

Then maybe, an astounding comeback.

Monfils, who is 10 years older, fell to 2-7 in major quarterfinals and could be forgiven for wondering how many more chances he'll get. The Russian swept Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3 in the day's first semifinal. This is the first time that Berrettini has made the semifinals of a Grand Slam and it may be tough considering he is playing an elite player in Rafael Nadal.

The second set produced longer, grinding rallies as the Russian and Bulgarian traded a pair of breaks before Medvedev landed the decisive blow to break Dimitrov and go 2-1 up.

The glacial relations with the Flushing Meadows faithful appears to be thawing, the frosty reception that greeted his quarter-final entrance against Stan Wawrinka replaced by more generous applause ahead of his clash with Dimitrov. "I really believe that if you want to win tournaments, you need to go through tough opponents". "Great weeks. First time in semifinal out here".

Rafael Nadal says his body is holding up well amid the rigours of a deep run at the US Open, where he booked a spot in the semi-finals on Wednesday. She said her daily routine was surgery and that she lost count after the first four.

That certainly didn't foreshadow what happened in NY, when he became the lowest-ranked semifinalist since Jimmy Connors was out of the top 150 in 1991.

Indeed it was, and seemed for a time on the brink of continuing into Sunday's final.

As he has done throughout the tournament, Medvedev struggled with double-faults in an error-strewn set but crucially saved set point to take the first chapter to a tie-break.

Fitness permitting, the 33-year-old Spaniard has at least a couple more Roland Garros wins in him, so he is well aware victory at Flushing Meadows - where Djokovic, 32, was a big favourite until injury got the better of him - could be hugely significant when the final silverware is totted up. With Berrettini's vicious forehand, the youngster could give Nadal fits. Nadal said. "I survived at that moment and. after that, the match completely changed". "When I was going to US, I didn't know it was going to be this good". He came up with the goods. "Lucky to win that first set in the tiebreak, not before".

Whatever might have been wrong, Nadal managed to play his best when it mattered the most against the 20th-seeded Schwartzman, an Argentine serenaded by loud choruses of "Ol! Ol! Ol!"

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His coaches, Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek, didn't even bother to show up in NY. "But talking about normal life, to make me angry, you need to do something insane for one week in a row". I think it was just a few points here and there.

But Mouratoglou also predicted before the event that the 15th seed Andreescu would make the final.

"Yes, but I always say the same - we're still playing", said Nadal.

"I felt like Shakira for two hours", he said. And they certainly had plenty to chat about when it came to this latest victory.

Cabal was greeted by thousands of fans at the airport in the Colombian city, Cali. I'm very happy about what I'm doing.

Both Nadal and Medvedev advanced in straight sets under the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof on a wet NY day.

Federer was blunt when asked what it meant for tennis not having two of the Big Three in the US Open's last four.

Argentina's Gaston Gaudio defeated compatriot Guillermo Coria 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6. Vandeweghe was still recovering from ankle problems this year so Barty is teaming with Azarenka, who like Barty is a former top-ranked singles player and major champion.

They will be just one step away from Roger Federer of Switzerland's most 20 Grand Slam wins.