Sixth seed Nadal will have to beat reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev on Sunday to make history. No.2 Medvedev of Russia is chasing a piece of history of his own after reeling off the last five games to defeat Stefanos Tsitispas 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a heated semi-final contest. The 25-year-old is aiming to become the first man in the Open era to win his second Grand Slam title at the next major tournament.
Medvedev has had an emotional and challenging run. He had to deal with a hostile crowd in his second-round win over Nick Kyrgios, had to save a match point and rally from two sets down to beat Felix Auger-Aliassime in a nearly five-hour quarter-final win, and had to regain his composure after an angry outburst at the umpire on Friday.
The Russian yelled at chair umpire Jaume Campistol after dropping serve in the second set, demanding that Greek fourth seed Tsitsipas be cautioned for receiving coaching from his father in the crowd.