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Rafael Nadal on verge of 19th Grand Slam title after booking US Open final date with Daniil Medvedev

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Rafael Nadal waves to the US Open crowd during his win over Matteo Berrettini
Nadal is right into a 27th Grand Slam final (Picture: Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal will battle for a 19th Grand Slam title towards Daniil Medvedev on Sunday after easing previous Italy’s Matteo Berrettini within the semi-finals of the US Open.

The world No. 2 beat Berrettini 7-6 (8-6) 6-Four 6-1 on Friday night time to affix Russia’s Medvedev within the final and might land a second main title of the yr with victory.

A win would see him break up the 4 majors with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and open a lead of greater than 2,000 factors within the race to finish the season as ’ top-ranked male.

He will even shut the hole on ’s all-time Grand Slam file of 20 titles to only one match win ought to he recover from the road. Given his dominance on the French Open, he would hope to match the Swiss subsequent yr.

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Daniil Medvedev pumps his fist during his straight sets win over Grigor Dimitrov
awaits him (Picture: Getty Images)

Writing off his final opponent can be a harmful transfer, nonetheless. Medvedev boasts extra match wins than every other man in 2019. His win over Dimitrov was his 50th of the season.

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His type within the American arduous courtroom summer season has been nothing brief of great. He has reached finals in all 4 of the occasions he’s performed, successful a primary Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati.

One of these two final defeats was towards Nadal on the Rogers Cup. The 6-Three 6-Zero scoreline was hardly flattering to the younger Russian however he has since grown in confidence and he is greater than succesful of an upset.

But Nadal – who has received the title in every of the 4 earlier events the place he was the one ‘Big Three’ member left standing within the semi-finals- stays the robust favorite to land title No. 19 when he competes within the 27th main final of his illustrious profession.

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