Nadal: U.S. Open Favorite (but Don’t Count Out the Underdog)

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The last 11 majors have been won by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, an improbable streak. In men’s tennis, this is the first time in history that no current champion is under the age of 30.

In the U.S. Open final on Sunday, there’s at least a chance that the old-timers’ dominance will end, because Daniil Medvedev is just the type who can battle against Nadal shot-to-shot. Medvedev, 6-feet-6, has played 22 matches this summer, with just two defeats. One was against Nick Kyrgios; the other was delivered by Nadal, in Montreal.

“I need to be playing at my best,” Nadal said. “I need to hold this level if I want to have chances on Sunday. If not, is so difficult. He is very, very solid.”

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