Medvedev will be pleased with his opening three rounds where he can play his way into the tournament but things will get tricky from the fourth round onwards. Roberto Bautista Agut and Nick Kyrgios are players that have good records against Medvedev with Stefano Tsitsipas recently beating him in Cincinnati. This will be a test of Medvedev’s ability to deal with pressure and play at his best when needed to as he looks to defend his first ever grand slam title.
Nadal enters the last grand slam of the year with doubts over his fitness as he searches for a 23rd grand slam title and the world number one ranking.
Nadal’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Rinky Hijikata [Q] | H2H: First Meeting
R2: Aslan Karatsev | H2H: First Meeting
R3: Miomir Kecmanovic  | H2H: Nadal leads 2-0
R4: Diego Schwartzman  | H2H: Nadal leads 11-1
QF: Cameron Norrie  | H2H: Nadal leads 4-0
SF: Carlos Alcaraz  | H2H: Nadal leads 2-1
F: Daniil Medvedev  | H2H: Nadal leads 5-1
Nadal will be happy with his draw overall, depending on his fitness concerns, as it is a chance for him to play his way into the tournament. The likes of Frances Tiafoe, Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov could provide stiff competition along the way but if Nadal is in fighting form, then he will be odds on favourite to win his third grand slam title of the season.
Alcaraz will look to be inspired from his performance last year and from earlier in the season as he looks to overcome a dip in form to win his maiden grand slam title.
Alcaraz’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Sebastian Baez | H2H: Alcaraz leads 1-0
R2: Tallon Griekspoor | H2H: Alcaraz leads 1-0
R3: Borna Coric  | H2H: First Meeting
R4: Marin Cilic  | H2H: Alcaraz leads 2-1
QF: Hubert Hurkacz  | H2H: Alcaraz leads 1-0
SF: Rafael Nadal  | H2H: Nadal leads 2-1
F: Daniil Medvedev  | H2H: Medvedev leads 1-0
Alcaraz will need to be wary of a potential blip in the third round against rejuvenated Cincinnati champion Borna Coricbut other than that the Spaniard has been given a comfortable draw where he will look to build his form up as he searches for the first grand slam of his career.
Tsitsipas has been given a decent draw with there being tests against Maxime Cressyand Matteo Berrettini along the way. Should Tsitsipas pass those, then a semi-final against Medvedev could be on the cards with the Greek winning their recent meeting in Cincinnati. This could be Tsitsipas’s best chance to win a grand slam.
The US Open takes place on the 29 August and concludes on the 11 September.
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