Now he plays Medvedev for the second time this summer in the second final this summer. The Russian snatched the first semi-final from Grigor Dimitrov’s racket strings, winning 7-6, 6-4, 6-3. Dimitrov was the better player in the first set but Medvedev won the tiebreak and from there on, he was the man in charge.
Everything in this past week has been new for Medvedev. His best result in a Grand Slam until he arrived in New York was a fourth-round finish at the Australian Open. Now, in his first final, he has to find a way to stop the mighty Nadal. Nothing to worry about there, then.
So, Daniil, just what do you think of playing the three-time US Open champion?
“It's tough to find words,” Medvedev said. “So many players and so many people found them before me. He's one of the greatest champions in the history of our sport. He's just a machine, a beast on the court. The energy he's showing is just amazing.
“To play him in your first Grand Slam final should be, I want to say, a funny thing. It's not going to be a funny thing, but it's going to be an amazing thing to live.”