Daniil Medvedev could just well have the strategy to beat Rafael Nadal in the US Open final.
That’s the view of John McEnroe with Medvedev taking part in his first ever Grand Slam final.
The Russian, who beat Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-final, faces all-time great Nadal in New York.
Nadal is searching for his 19th Grand Slam title with a victory taking him just one behind Roger Federer’s tally of 20.
Medvedev has impressed in the Big Apple over the last two weeks having come into the US Open in a rich vein of form.
It will be his fourth successive final having been in superb form since Wimbledon.
And legendary pundit John McEnroe believes Medvedev’s tactics and strategy could cause Nadal problems on Sunday evening.
“Medvedev physically, that’s my biggest concern,” McEnroe said.
“How much is left in the tank after three finals and everything he’s been through.
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“But I love that there’s a villain out there. To have a guy that has the guts after two matches to go out there and say thank you to the crowd, and that your booing helped me.
“That to a New York crowd, initially they gave him a hard time, but they respect it now.
“You need to have people the fans like or dislike.
“The crowd are going to be a lot more interested than they would otherwise.
“He is like a chess master – I love this guy. Strategically, he’s one of the most brilliant young guys I’ve seen in ten years.”
One of the finals Medvedev was in saw him lose to Nadal, the Spaniard winning the Rogers Cup.
It was a relatively simply 6-3 6-0 victory but Medvedev believes he will have learnt from that defeat last month.
Medvedev said: “It was a tough one. As I actually said, his energy was much higher than mine.
“He kind of, I would say, eaten me on the court because the start was kind of similar.
“I had one breakpoint, then he got a break, but I only lost with one break. Then he was only going harder, harder, faster, stronger, and I was only going down.
“It’s great that I have this experience playing him in the final of a Masters. I know what to expect. I know how to prepare for it.”