It would be understandable if Rafael Nadal, 12 times a champion in Paris, had mixed feelings to go with his mixed results at the US Open.
The 33-year-old Spaniard will face No. 5 seed Daniil Medvedev on Sunday. "A straight sets victory, didn't take much out of him, he's got a day off tomorrow and can recharge the batteries for one last big push". Nadal is just experienced.
"He is the player who is in better shape on tour. If not, at least I give my best during all my career".
"Very happy for everything. If he keeps going the same way, plays the same, I think absolutely he's got a major shot".
"Sunday is just one more chance, that's all. I'm working to never do it again".
Also, Nadal and Medvedev have racked up more wins than any other players on Tour this year. "You have to be happy with yourself".
Medvedev lost his only previous match against Nadal, a 6-3, 6-0 punishment last month in the final of a tournament in Montreal. Berrettini denied Nadal on six breakpoints in the first set, jumped ahead 4-0 in the tiebreak and had two set points at 6-4.
Winning tight first sets proved pivotal for the victors, especially since their opponents held the upper hand.
Nadal saved two set points in his first-set tie-break against Berrettini, and was mightily relieved to push on and win the second semi-final 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-1.
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They were better than their opponents on any aspect.
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But those exchanges appeared more spontaneous stagecraft than any calculated cynicism or underlying resentment from the Russian, and he has subsequently extended the olive branch to New Yorkers twice, after his quarterfinal and semifinal wins.
"Talking about Rafa, it's tough to find words", he said.
"He's one of the greatest champions in the history of our sport", the 23-year-old Russian praised.
'He's only a machine, a beast on the courtroom. "I didn't have any moment to just sit down and look back and say, 'Okay, I've done incredible things'".
"To play him in your first final should be, I want to say, a amusing thing. But it's going to be an incredible thing to live".
Ought to he land a 19th Slam win, he'll transfer simply behind Federer's all-time file haul of 20 majors, whereas he'll arrange a lead of greater than 2,000 factors within the race with Djokovic to finish the season as year-end No. 1. "I have to say, I love US". I need to be playing at my best. "You need to, I don't know, come to my hotel, knock on my door at 6 in the morning for seven days in a row. I know how to prepare for it", Medvedev said.
That might not mean a different outcome.
"He had a very, very tough battle there, too".
Follow any of the links on this page to Bet365 & click on the play button to watch Daniil Medvedev vs Rafa Nadal. Since then, Medvedev has been apologetic about his trolling and much calmer during matches, while playing deliciously defensive tennis that he can abandon to be more aggressive when he deems necessary.
The incidents came three years after he was defaulted from a second-tier Challenger for making a racist remark and two years after he collected a fine at Wimbledon for throwing coins toward the chair umpire following a defeat.
"This summer has been so fast and long at the same time", Medvedev said. I was not getting defaulted, but.to have a game penalty was easy. Why does it happen?' I don't want it to happen like this.
Medvedev's count of 88 aces so far at this year's tournament has helped, of course, and while it may not have been pretty at times, it has been inarguably effective.