In the men’s version repeat of the Canadian Open finals, world number two Rafael Nadal plays Russian ‘Next Gen’ rising star Daniil Medvedev. The Canadian Open final which was their only meeting, was an extremely one-sided affair with Nadal winning 6-3, 6-0. However, Medvedev has since won a Masters 1000 and made a run to the US Open final and is expected to be more confident for round two of their matchup. Latest Rafael Nadal v Daniil Medvedev predictions & US Open tips and picks for this grand finale that will be played on Sunday, September 8.Get the best odds for Rafael Nadal v Daniil Medvedev Match with 888Sport here.
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Rafael Nadal v Daniil Medvedev Preview:
Spain’s Rafael Nadal is a three-time US Open champion and has now qualified for his third major final of the year, being a losing finalist at the Australian Open and winning the French Open earlier this year. He was also a Wimbledon semi-finalist losing to Roger Federer in a tight four-setter.
The North American hard court season has been a positive one for Nadal, who won the Rogers Cup in Montreal, skipped Cincinnati and is in the finals of the US Open, searching for a 19th major title, that would put him one behind the all-time record of Roger Federer, currently at 20 titles. The Spaniard has sailed through his draw, barely being tested, apart from a dropped set against 2014 winner Marin Cilic.
Russian Daniil Medvedev makes his first appearance in a major final, after a phenomenal hard court swing. He was a finalist at the ATP 500 in Washington D.C. and the ATP 1000 in Montreal, won the ATP 1000 at Cincinnati, and is now a US Open finalist.
Medvedev has moved up to number four in the ATP world rankings and already qualified for the year end ATP Tour Finals in London, along with the Big Three, i.e. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer. With a game well suited to all courts given his powerful serve, strength on both wings, and ability to cover the net to close point, the Russian has been a success story throughout the year, wining a record 50 matches this year.
Rafael Nadal v Daniil Medvedev Tip:
After a humiliation at the hands of Nadal in the Rogers Cup final, young Medvedev would surely have learnt a few things, and can be expected to provide a considerably more stiff challenge this time around.
Both players have been in good form through the hard court season and it is an apt final to wrap up the Grand Slams for the year.
Nadal definitely starts as a strong favorite, and will look to make a quick start to the match, with the slower hard courts working to his benefit. He knows the occasion very well and will like to impose the advantage of his experience of the situation early on.
Medvedev would like to ensure that he does not fall behind as playing against an opponent like Nadal from behind is an uphill task. The Russian has had a long last few weeks and it remains to be seen how much he has left in the tank, and how well he recovers from his niggles of the last few rounds.
A possibly enticing match on our hands, especially if Medvedev is able to seize early initiative as he possesses the range of skills to trouble the Spaniard. Expect a good match, but Nadal’s experience and Medvedev’s lack thereof will prove to be the difference in Nadal claiming the title in four sets.
Tip: Over 3.5 sets in the match: 11/10 (888Sport)