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2019 US Open, Men's singles final
Arthur Ashe Stadium, Billie Jean King Tennis Center, New York
Daniil Medvedev (Russia) vs Rafael Nadal (Spain)
Rafael Nadal has won his 19th grand slam title and fourth US Open in an incredible five-hour, five-set epic with Daniil Medvedev.
Daniil Medvedev 5 3 7 6 4
Rafael Nadal 7 6 5 4 6
Rafael Nadal will be hunting for a fourth US Open title when he faces Russian Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final on Monday morning (AEST). Join The Roar for live coverage of the final, with scores and a blog starting from 6am AEST.
The world number two has 18 Grand Slam victories to his name and will move within one of Roger Federer’s record (20 Grand Slam title) with a win at Flushing Meadows.
Nadal has only dropped one set on his way to the championship match; Marin Cilic his challenger in the fourth round took one away.
He has also played one less match, given a walkover by Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis – due to a shoulder injury – in the second round.
The Spaniard will start clear favourite in this final.
Medvedev, the fifth seed, reaches his first Grand Slam final; the 23-year-old’s previous best was the fourth round at the Australian Open earlier this year.
The right-hander has relished the role of the ‘villain’ at this year’s open, strutting around after his victories and agitating the crowd.
“And you guys, being against me, you gave me so much energy to win,” Medvedev said following his round four clash against 118th-ranked Dominik Koepfer, where he first lost crowd support.
The last time a Russian male won the US Open was in 2000, when Marat Safin was crowned.
Medvedev has had an impressive run in North America, reaching the finals in Montreal and Washington, and wining the Cincinnati Masters event last month.
The only time these two players have met was a month ago at Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Nadal convincingly defeated Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 and defended his title at the ATP Masters 1000 event.
Medvedev was very nervous and made 28 unforced errors, however is in great form and has not lost since.
A lack of experience on such a big stage increases the challenge for Medvedev and he will have to play at his best to achieve an upset here.
Nadal, in his 27th grand glam final, will be too clinical for Medvedev to match.
Nadal in four sets.
Venue: Arthur Ashe Stadium, Billie Jean King Tennis Center, New York
Time: 6am AEST
TV: ESPN, SBS
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now, Watch ESPN, SBS on Demand
Betting: Daniil Medvedev $5, Rafael Nadal $1.16