British sensation Emma Raducanu gets the chance to write her name into the history books by winning the US Open on Saturday when she takes on fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez at Flushing Meadows.
Raducanu’s stunning run to the final has been barely believable. The 18-year-old has amazingly come through three rounds of qualifying to become the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam final and she’s gone all the way without even dropping a set.
The level of performance from the youngster in New York has left seasoned tennis observers astounded as she’s seen off much more experienced players with relative ease. So good has she been that she’s the 4/7 favourite to cap a fairytale tournament with victory at the famous Arthur Ashe Stadium, while Canadian Fernandez is 11/8.
Raducanu’s composure on court and maturity beyond her years suggests she can be a dominant figure in women’s tennis for years to come as she aims to be the first British woman to win a Grand Slam event since 1977.
She said: “It obviously means a lot to be the first in the final for so long. Crazy, cool. To be here in New York for three weeks is just absolutely mind-blowing for me.”
Fernandez, ranked 73 in the world before the US Open, has also defied expectations to reach the final thanks to impressive victories over Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Aryna Sabalenka.
The two finalists have only met once before when they clashed in the second round of the Wimbledon Junior tournament in 2018. Raducanu will hope for a similar outcome, having secured a 6-2 6-4 victory that day.
World number one Djokovic is still on course to land a record 21st men’s Grand Slam singles title after he came through his five-set semi-final against Alexander Zverev, eventually winning 4-6 6-2 6-4 4-6 6-2 overnight.
The Serbian star is also aiming to become the first man to win all four majors in the same year since Rod Laver achieved the feat in 1969.
Russian second seed Medvedev, in contrast, is after his first major title and booked his place in the final thanks to a 6-4 7-5 6-2 win over Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.
There was doubles success for Briton Joe Salisbury as he won the US Open men’s doubles title with American Rajeev Ram. The duo came from behind to beat the British-Brazilian combo of Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.