Nadal faces Medvedev at US Open final

US Open Tennis

Nadal plays down injury concerns at Flushing Meadows

The No. 5-seeded Russian has gone from trolling angry crowds at Flushing Meadows to playing for the title after beating unseeded Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals Friday under Arthur Ashe Stadium's closed retractable roof.

Rafael Nadal chases his 19th career Grand Slam singles title, one shy of Roger Federer's all-time men's record, in his 27th Slam final and his fifth championship match on the NY hardcourts.

Medvedev is the first Russian in a Grand Slam final since Marat Safin won the 2005 Australian Open title and the first Russian to reach the US Open final since Safin won the 2000 crown.

The US open victor will be named on September 8. "But I really believe that I´m going to be in good shape". At 30-30 in the third set's eighth game, Schwartzman hit long before hitting the final shot of the match into the net.

"I'm happy about my career".

Nadal, who has endured well-documented injury troubles in his career, needed medical treatment on an arm issue but the 18-time grand slam victor insists he is in good shape.

So who will win this final four matchup? I will face the player who is winning more matches than anyone else this year [44 of 60], the player who is playing at the highest level.

Together with 20-time Grand Slam victor Roger Federer and 16-time Slam champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Nadal has been part of a historic trio whose members own 54 of the past 65 Grand Slam men's singles titles - including the past 11 in a row. Rafael Nadal is a significantly stronger player and the Spaniard has the experience of winning Grand Slams.

"I was sitting after these matches, I was like, 'I don't want to lose these matches because I get insane or because I lose some concentration because of the fans, because of the referees, something that happens during the match'". There were so many things I had to adjust in such a small but big period of time.

"Right now, I don't remember any points, just the [final] match point, you know?" he said.

"Here I am in the semi-finals", the 18-time Grand Slam victor said after his quarterfinal match against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman.

He drew all sorts of attention during Week 1 at the US Open.

Over the summer, Nadal made history when he claimed his 12th title overall at the French Open.

"It means a lot", Nadal said, "to be back where I am today".

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are both out of the bracket, but Nadal is still around, meaning at least one member of the Big Three is in the semis at a 62nd consecutive major tournament. "Here I am", Nadal said.

The Spaniard has won three of his 18 majors on this court, Federer has won five of his 20 here - in a row, the last of them 11 years ago - and Djokovic, the world No 1, has lifted three of 16 at Flushing Meadows. "Of course, very, very happy for everything".

Berrettini acknowledged the obvious afterwards, saying he felt "a little bit tight".

He spoke about getting good preparation for facing Nadal by already having beaten three other left-handers in NY.

"Especially when I was a junior, I had a lot of problems with my attitude".

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