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By The Numbers: Rafael Nadal Takes On Daniil Medvedev For US Open Glory

Ubitennis looks ahead to the last grand slam final of 2019.

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Rafael Nadal US Open 2019 (photo Twitter @USOpen)

A win is all the separates Rafael Nadal from his 19th grand slam title. A milestone that would move him to one trophy away from Roger Federer’s all-time record. Standing in his way is Daniil Medvedev. The 6’6” Russian has enjoyed a sensational rise over the past three months by winning 20 out of his last 22 matches.

 

The upcoming clash will be the second between the two on the tour. Their first took place in Canada last month where Nadal dropped just three games. The Spaniard has made more than $100 million extra in prize money than his opponent.

Ahead of their clash in Flushing meadows, here is a by the numbers guide to the final.

1 – At the age of 23 Medvedev is playing in a grand slam final for the first time in his career. He is one of only three men born in the 1990s to ever feature in the final of a major after Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem.

3 – Medvedev is only the third player in history to reach the final of Washington, Canada, Cincinnati and the US Open within the same season. Following in the footsteps of Ivan Lendl (1982) and Andre Agassi (1995). Both Lendl and Agassi lost in the US Open final during those years.

5 – Already a French Open winner in 2019, Nadal is aiming to win multiple grand slam titles with the same season for the fifth time in his career. He has already achieved the milestone in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2017.

7 – Nadal is 7-1 against players trying to capture their first major title. His only loss was to Stan Wawrinka at the 2014 Australian Open.

12 – Medvedev is currently on a 12-match winning streak. The best run of his career to date.

19 – Nadal is currently on a 19-match winning run against Russian opposition. The last player from the country to defeat him was Nikolay Dayvenko at the 2011 Doha Open.

26 – Nadal has won 26 out of his last 27 matches contested at five tournaments. His sole loss was to Federer in the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

27 – Only Federer (31) has featured in more major finals than Nadal, who will play his 27th.

33 – Nadal is bidding to become the second-oldest US Open men’s champion in the Open Era at the age of 33. The oldest was Ken Rosewall, who clinched the 1970 title at the age of 35.

50 – Medvedev is the most successful player on the ATP Tour in 2019 with 50 match wins. Nadal is in second place with 46 victories.

88 – So far in the tournament, Medvedev has produced almost three-times more aces than Nadal (88-30). However, he has been broken 12 more times than the Spaniard (18-6).

The US Open men’s final is set to get underway at 21:00 GMT. 

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Pierre Hugues Herbert to reach the quarter finals in Metz

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-3 6-4 in an all French head-to-head match to reach the quarter finals at the Moselle Open in Metz.

 

Tsonga won 82 % of his first serve points and fended off all three set points to reach the quarter finals. He broke in the the fourth game of the opening set and in the first game of the second set to seal the win.

Tsonga has improved his winning record to 4-0 in his four head-to-head matches against Herbert.

Tsonga set up a quarter final against Nikoloz Basilashvili, who came back from 4-6 down in the tie-break of the second set to beat German qualifier Yannick Maden 6-2 7-6 (8-6). Tsonga and Basilashvili tied 1-1 in their head-to-head matches, but the Georgian player beat his French rival won their most recent clash in Lyon last May.

Lucas Pouille cruised past this year’s Antalya champion Lorenzo Sonego 6-1 6-4 setting up a quarter final against Filip Krajinovic. Pouille raced out the last five games of the first set and fended off both break points he faced. The Frenchman broke twice in a row in the fourth and sixth game to win the first set 6-1. Pouille rallied from 15-40 down to break serve in the seventh game at deuce. He served out the win after saving two break points in the 10th game.

Pablo Carreno Busta upset David Goffin 6-3 6-2 with four breaks of serve avenging his recent defeat against the Belgian player. Carreno Busta set up a quarter final against Aljaz Bedene, who beat Gilles Simon 7-6 (11-9) 6-2. The Slovenian player fended off two set points at 5-6 and at 7-8 in the tie-break of the first set and won the first four points of the second set en route to closing out the second set 6-2.

 

 

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Daniil Medvedev Scores Sponsorship Deal With BMW

The 23-year-old is set to attend a series of activities organised by the car manufacturer over the coming months.

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Daniil Medvedev’s recent surge in success on the tour seems to be also boosting his profile away from the court after he teamed up with car manufacturer BMW.

 

The world No.4 will take part in a series of activities involving the Russian branch of the BMW company in both his home country and abroad. A contract was signed earlier this week following a meeting in St Petersburg, where Medvedev is playing his latest competition on the ATP Tour. He has agreed to feature in a series of campaigns promoting the BMW M, which specialises in sports cars. No financial details of the contract have been published.

“BMW M is BMW’s fastest, most powerful and most innovative sports car. And Daniil Medvedev is the brightest and most titled Russian tennis player right now.” The director general of BMW Russia, Stefan Teuchert, said in a statement.
“On the tennis court, Medvedev demonstrates qualities typical of BMW sports cars – speed, power, intelligence and a strong character. We are glad that we managed to agree on cooperation, and we look forward to future joint projects.”

23-year-old Medvedev has triggered a surge of interest in him following his summer breakthrough. Prior to the final grand slam of the season, he reached three consecutive finals in Washington, Canada and Cincinnati. Becoming only the third man in history to do after Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi. It was in Cincinnati where he won his first Masters title. Then at the US Open, Medvedev finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal after contesting a five-set epic against the Spaniard.

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Medvedev will be hoping to continue his surge of form this week at the St Petersburg Open where he is the top seed. He is yet to contest an ATP final on Russian territory. However, the rising star has stated that his recent surge in success has given him extra belief on the tour.

“I have become convinced: when I am in good shape, I can beat anyone, or at least give a fight. It is most important. I seemed to know this before, but was not completely sure. Now I know this for sure.” Medvedev said during an interview with Sport Express.

According to the ATP, Medvedev has been the most successful player in indoor tournaments on the Tour within the past 52 weeks. Claiming two trophies and winning 22 matches overall. Giving him a 0.786 winning percentage.

He will open up his campaign in St Petersburg on Thursday against compatriot Evgeny Donskoy.

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Casper Ruud beats Alexander Bublik to win his first indoor match in St. Petersburg

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Norway’s Casper Ruud came back from one set down to beat Alexander Bublik 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-2 at the St. Petersburg Open to win his first win at an indoor ATP Tour tournament.

 

Bublik got the first break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ruud broke staright back to draw level to 4-4. The first set went on serve until the tie-break which Bublik sealed 7-3 on his first set point. Ruud earned the only break in the third game to win the second set 6-3.

Ruud reeled off the final five games from 1-2 with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games to set up a second round match against Italy’s Salvatore Caruso, who rallied from one set down to beat his compatriot Thomas Fabbiano 2-6 6-3 6-3.

Mikhail Kukushkin came back from 2-4 down in the first set to beat 2017 St. Petersburg champion Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 to secure his spot in the quarter finals.

Russian qualifier Egor Gerasimov cruised past Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-1.

Marton Fucsovics came back from 1-5 down in the first set and fended off five set points to beat Alexey Vatutin 7-5 6-1 setting up a match against Borna Coric.

Joao Sousa cruised past Jozef Kovalik 6-2 6-3 6-2 6-3 without dropping a set to set up a second round match against second seed Karen Khachanov.

 

 

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