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Vintage Nadal sets up showdown with Medvedev in US Open final

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Rafael Nadal celebrates his win. Text: US Open and Agencies.

New York:Three-time champion Rafael Nadal advanced to his fifth US Open final with a convincing 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-1 win over 24th seed Italian challenger Matteo Berrettini at the Flushing Meadows.sports news in english

Nadal had never played the rising newcomer, 23; the Spaniard confessed that he didn’t know how old the 24th seed was, and that he had had only the briefest of interactions with him in the locker room.

Berrettini, of course, knew plenty about Nadal. He admitted before their semifinal that he’d watched “like a hundred of his matches.”sports news in english

“I admire him, the way he’s on the court,” Berrettini said. “His attitude is… close to the perfection.”

Medvedev keeps on winning

The 23-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev is through to his fourth consecutive final of the summer, and his first-ever title match at a Grand Slam.

On a rainy Friday evening at the 2019 US Open, the No. 5 seed held off Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3, in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“I have to say I love the USA!” said Medvedev, who came into the tournament on the heels of finals in Washington, Montreal and Cincinnati, where he claimed his first Masters 1000 title.