The 2 matchups simply occurred to be the finals of the Rogers Cup a couple of weeks in the past, with Andreescu and Nadal successful these, too.
“It has been one of the emotional nights of my tennis profession,” mentioned Nadal, who wept in his chair when a recap of his 19 majors had been proven on the massive display screen. He later despatched his condolences to former tour participant Karim Alami, whose son died just lately.
Medvedev actually fared higher than when he met Nadal in Montreal, claiming a mere three video games.
Regardless of the robust loss, Medvedev confirmed a humorousness throughout his speech.
“If I win, what’s going to they present?” he mentioned, referencing the video tribute.
He received over the followers Sunday, throughout a fortnight the place he was beforehand solid as a villain.
The ultimate wasn’t with out controversy but it surely had nothing to do with Medvedev, as Nadal was docked first serves twice by chair umpire Ali Nili within the fifth set for taking too lengthy to serve.
The principally pro-Nadal crowd of 24,000 appeared to disapprove and Nili was booed in the course of the trophy presentation. Nadal making Medvedev wait all through whereas the 23-year-old served is bound to be debated, too.
Nadal was creaking getting into the fifth set, however in one of many two key video games of the fifth, saved three break possibilities at Zero-1. One got here after he was docked a primary serve.
Medvedev was then damaged from 40-Zero at 2-2 within the different huge sport.
He refused to buckle, nonetheless, getting from 2-5 to Four-5 after saving a pair of match factors. Medvedev even held a break probability within the final sport, although Nadal ended by claiming the final three factors.
It meant Nadal has nonetheless solely misplaced one grand slam match when main by two units — on the US Open in 2015 versus Fabio Fognini.
Whereas Medvedev and Andreescu’s careers are of their infancy, the 33-year-old Nadal has been going for years.
However given all of the accidents he has suffered, questions had been raised about whether or not the Spaniard would be capable of compete for this lengthy.
He is answered these.
One other more moderen query has been: Will Nadal catch Federer within the grand slam stakes?
That’s trying more and more seemingly, as he trails the Swiss now by just one.
At 38, who is aware of what number of extra grand slam titles Federer will amass. Nadal, in the meantime, even when he does not win the Australian Open in January, appears to be like sure to bag a minimum of yet one more French Open title. He’s after all of the undisputed king of Roland Garros, with a thoughts boggling 12 crowns.
Again on the onerous courts of New York, Nili drew the ire of Nadal when he gave him a time violation warning whereas serving within the very first sport.
A barely rattled Nadal dropped serve in his subsequent service sport and conversed with Nili on the change of ends, exhibiting his displeasure.
Nadal instantly broke again in opposition to the fifth seed and held serve comfortably whereas pressuring the Medvedev serve.
He acquired his reward at 6-5, changing on his second set level with a beautiful lob that pressured an error. Nadal was 15-1 in grand slam finals when he received the primary set, and that pattern held, barely.
The lanky, 6-foot-6 Medvedev is a gifted counterpuncher with an enormous serve, when it is on. And he can change his model and assault when required. There’s a plan B and even C.
Change of techniques
He certainly tweaked his techniques within the second set, standing nearer to the baseline and attempting a drop shot or two.
Some labored, some did not. However the intent proved he was pondering.
Total he hit 75 winners and 57 unforced errors, to Nadal’s 62 and 46. He was additionally just about even in opposition to gladiator Nadal in rallies that had been 9 pictures or longer, 33-36.
And let nobody say this was a boring baseline duel. The gamers mixed to win 101 internet factors and served and volleyed 49 instances.
Nadal fended off a break probability to start out the second and broke to result in Four-2.
Medvedev’s hopes of turning into the primary, first-time males’s main winner since Marin Cilic on the 2014 US Open had been fading quick.
They appeared to evaporate when damaged at 2-2 within the third, however Medvedev broke again, thanks partially to a uncommon Nadal miss on the internet at deuce within the ensuing sport.
He hung in there, overcoming shedding a 28-shot rally and saving two break factors for 5-Four. The followers appreciated his gutsy show.
Some even began to chant, “Med-ve-dev, Med-ve-dev.” Bolstered, Medvedev blasted his approach to the set.
Nadal was creaking, a lot in order that he confronted a break level at Zero-1 within the fourth. The followers acquired the additional tennis they had been on the lookout for, however now sensing Nadal was in bother, the chants of “Rafa, Rafa” started.
Medvedev would not be denied, although, because the pendulum swung. Nadal was damaged from 40-15 to finish the set, Medvedev ripping a return winner to power a wild fifth.
Nadal was in serious trouble now and much more so dealing with the three break factors at Zero-1 within the fifth. He stepped up his sport as he has executed so usually earlier than, even when docked a primary serve on the ultimate one.
Medvedev nonetheless had the momentum however then got here that fifth sport.
Medvedev could not have been too happy when Nadal made him wait forward of the primary break level within the sport, placing his arms up as Medvedev hit an ace. Compelled to hit the serve once more, Medvedev put the serve in virtually precisely the identical spot.
It was a crushing sport to lose and Medvedev dropped serve from 30-Zero to present Nadal what would show to be a pivotal insurance coverage break for 5-2.
Nadal was damaged — on a double fault — after a primary serve was taken away and Medvedev saved two match factors to get to Four-5 because the breathtaking rallies continued.
However the comeback stopped there as Nadal fended off one final break level.
On paper, Nadal has endured harder paths to grand slam glory — Medvedev was the primary top-20 participant he encountered in the course of the fortnight and he did not must take care of the injured pair of Federer and top-ranked Novak Djokovic — however he acquired the job executed.
There’s absolutely extra to return from Medvedev, who joined Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl because the lone males’s gamers within the Open Period to succeed in finals in Washington, Canada, Cincinnati and the US Open in the identical season.
The boldness of reaching a primary grand slam ultimate — the primary of the boys’s “Subsequent Gen” to take action — when he’d by no means beforehand gotten previous the fourth spherical will linger. Medvedev battled his approach to the ultimate after coping with cramps, shoulder, abductor and quadricep points, to not point out battling the raucous crowd at Flushing Meadows.
Medvedev’s middle-finger salute to them, trolling them in an interview and dancing his approach to the web following a fourth-round win will not be forgotten. However they had been considerably within the rearview mirror by the point Sunday rolled round and he obtained wholesome applause in the course of the trophy ceremony for the efficiency in opposition to Nadal.
“You had been booing me for a motive, however you guys additionally see that I can change as a result of I am a human being,” he mentioned.