Last updated on September 7, 2019
The 33-year-old Spaniard will perform with his fourth US Open crown Sunday in Arthur Ashe Stadium from Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev, who reached his first Grand Slam final by beating Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-3.
“This means a great deal to return where I am now after some hard minutes on the first day of the year,” said Nadal, who battled an ideal hip injury early in this year.
A victory Sunday would place the world number two Nadal just one win shy of Roger Federer’s record guys total of 20 Grand Slam titles.
Nadal beat Medvedev in last month’s Montreal closing in their only previous meeting. However, the world number two jumped Cincinnati, where Medvedev was the winner the subsequent week.
“He is among the stronger players. He is making steps forward every week. He is the player that’s playing on tour this summer,” Nadal said.
“I want to be playing my very best.
Medvedev, in his first Grand Slam final at 23, has gone 20-2 at the previous six months with runner-up attempts in Washington and Canada, a name in Cincinnati and also a breakthrough US Open run.