Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal restore their dismal US Open record

Three years ago, Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev engaged in a thrilling US Open final match. The Spaniard won the match in five sets to capture his fourth and final US Open title. A year ago, the Russian assumed control, defeating Novak Djokovic in the championship match to win his first Major trophy at age 25.

With top seeding in the draw but poor record, Nadal and Medvedev were among the favorites in New York this year. While the Spaniard sustained an abdominal injury at the All England Club, the Russian missed Wimbledon and the clay season.

The top seeds failed to have an impact on the US Open by losing in the first round, allowing their competitors to take the opportunity to vie for the championship and the ATP throne. For the first time since 2000, two top seeds did not advance to the round of eight in New York; they joined Andre Agassi and Gustavo Kuerten on that unlucky list.

Early exits from the US Open were Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal.

Agassi’s 2000 US Open run came to an end in the second round as he was defeated by Arnaud Clement in straight sets, failing to retain his championship. In 1999, Kuerten participated in the quarterfinal in New York. He was seeded second for the next year’s competition and hoped for a successful run.

To improve his chances in the US Open, the Roland Garros champion advanced to the Cincinnati semi-final and took home the victory in Indianapolis. However, the Brazilian lost his opening match in New York in four sets to qualifier Wayne Arthurs.

They only managed to secure one break in sets one and two, but Arthurs remained focused in sets three and four, winning both of them in the tie break to accomplish an astonishing upset. In 1992, Medvedev and Nadal took the same route and missed the opportunity to participate in the second week of the season’s last Major.

After three hours and 34 minutes, Rafa lost to Frances Tiafoe by scores of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, and 6-3. With 50 victories and five breaks of the Spaniard, the American was the more aggressive player. Tiafoe dropped his service twice and battled back from being down 3-1 in the fourth set to win five straight games and advance to the first quarterfinal of the US Open.

After losing to Nick Kyrgios 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 53 minutes, Medvedev conceded the championship. The Australian player won the match by controlling the tempo in sets three and four by converting five of seven break chances and defending five of eight opportunities.