Nadal edges Medvedev at US Open for 19th major

Ross Houston
September 10, 2019

He described the atmosphere on court as "electric" and said he had no hard feelings against the NY audience, before giving a more genuine thank you for the support he had received en route to the final.

Medvedev, 23, bid for history, one day after Bianca Andreescu became the first woman born in the 2000s to lift a major trophy.

Medvedev arrived at his first Grand Slam final as the hottest player in men's tennis, riding the momentum from reaching four consecutive finals, but it was not enough to carry him to a maiden major title.

In a big, huge, earth-shattering YIEW: Rafael Nadal has claimed his fourth US Open title after defeating Russia's Daniil Medvedev in an absolutely thrilling five sets. Here's why it was so special.

It was a hard-fought win for Rafael Nadal.


"I was a little bit lucky, no?" said Nadal, who will face No. 5 Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation in Sunday's final. Medvedev won the next two games, and when he took the third set, he was greeted by "Medvedev" chants from the Arthur Ashe crowd.

A victory for Nadal would move him within one of Roger Federer's men's record for major championships.

Medvedev had appeared to revel in being the tournament villain in earlier rounds, but his quirky elasticity and determined showing in Sunday's showpiece garnered him plenty of supporters.

"I would love to be the one who have more". Medvedev had 15 break points and converted five, or 33%.

Nadal was broken in the 10th game of the fourth set to force a fifth when Medvedev blasted a sterling backhand return victor. But Nadal held and then turned on the afterburners, elevating his game to the point that he was able to break Medvedev in the fifth game.


Even at the very end - or when everyone, save Medvedev, perhaps, figured it was the very end - Nadal had trouble closing things out. In the end, Nadal's big lead held up.

Daniil Medvedev rallied from two sets down to send Sunday's US Open final against 18-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal into a fifth set. This is the Nike athlete's fourth U.S. Open win, with the others having come in 2010, 2013 and 2017. Medvedev posted a superior average speed on both his first and second serves.

This one was not easy for the second-seeded Nadal. Nadal won an excellent 78% of points he played at the net. Nadal approached the net 66 times, including 20 points on which he chose to serve and volley. "It's because of your energy that I'm here in the final".

Through the first two sets Medvedev had committed 29 unforced errors, to 17 for Nadal.

Nadal's career singles title count, which is fourth on the all-time list, behind Connors (109), Federer (101) and Lendl (94), and ahead of McEnroe (77).


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