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US Open 2019, Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev Highlights, men's singles final: Nadal wins 19th Grand Slam in five set marathon

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US Open 2019, Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev Highlights, men's singles final: Nadal wins 19th Grand Slam in five set marathon
  • The 33-year-old Spanish left-hander chases his 19th career Grand Slam singles title, one shy of Roger Federer's all-time men's record

  • Nadal will play in his 27th Slam final and his fifth championship match on the New York hardcourts

  • Medvedev leads the ATP tour in season wins and has battled through four four-set wins at the US Open

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Sept 09, 2019 - 07:15 (IST)

What a match! What a night! 

There couldn't have been a better finalist than Daniil Medvedev. It took a 23-year-old sprightly Russian to prove why Nadal is the champion that he is, who finds a way to get back when pushed against the wall. Nadal gets his 19th career Grand Slam and moves one shy of Roger Federer's 20. 

For Daniil, on the other hand, there will many more Grand Slam finals to contest and hopefully, a maiden Grand Slam title coming his way soon. 

It's been an amazing couple of weeks of tennis at Flushing Meadows and we couldn't have been more happy for bringing you the coverage of this tournament. 

Thanking you very much for joining us. 

From Dilip Unnikrishnan, Aadi Nair, Tanuj Lakhina and Harshit Rakheja, Good bye. 

Sept 09, 2019 - 07:03 (IST)

Rafael Nadal: The first word goes to Daniil, he's had one of the best summers I've seen someone have in this sport. He's just 23 years old and already a World No 4 and I'm sure he'll have many chances to return to this court, this occasion, in many more Grand Slam finals. 

Thank you to the US Tennis Association, the ball boys and the security personnel. My team, of course, they've been amazing and I couldn't have done anything without them. 

To the crowd here, I hope to see you next year. 

Sept 09, 2019 - 06:57 (IST)

Daniil Medvedev: I was looking at the screen where they were showing No 1, 2, 3, .... , 19 of the Grand Slams that Nadal has won and I started wondering that if I would have won, what would they have shown?

I just didn't want to go down in three sets, and the crowd was pushing me to prolong this match because they wanted to see more tennis, and that inspired me to just fight like hell. 

I want to thank my team who have made this possible for me. 

Sept 09, 2019 - 06:44 (IST)

Sept 09, 2019 - 06:43 (IST)

Couldn't agree more!

Sept 09, 2019 - 06:42 (IST)

DONE AND DUSTED IN FIVE LONG GRUELLING SETS. Nadal wins 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4

Nadal comes out on top, the Spaniard proving why he's the champion that he is. When threatened by the Russian of losing it all, Nadal dug in the reservoirs of experience and that is only thing which separated him from the Russian. 

Daniil Medvedev has given a fine account of what the future of men's tennis, the NextGen, so to speak, is all about. He may not have won but it's a damn fine moral victory for the 23-year-old, keeping calm through it all, a stunning reversal of temperament. 

Sept 09, 2019 - 06:32 (IST)

Sept 09, 2019 - 06:31 (IST)

Medvedev* 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 4-5 Nadal

Four and a half hours on court and the Spaniard continues to serve and volley, running back and forth. He gets to a championship point but Medvedev denies. Another and the Russian takes a massive gamble. He lets his second serve kick up to the Nadal forehand, knowing full well that he'll be putting himself in harm's way. Doesn't flinch for a second as he races away to the net and Nadal finds the net. 

The Russian belts an ace the next point, and another to bring up his game point. Medvedev serves and volleys again to great effect and holds his serve, having denied the Spaniard two breakpoints. The Russian is a picture of focus here. 

Sept 09, 2019 - 06:25 (IST)

Sept 09, 2019 - 06:24 (IST)

Medvedev* 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 3-5 Nadal

Medvedev can't resist the backhand drop shot. The Russian plays it the worst possible way, the ball sitting up perfectly for Nadal who has bolted to the net, swatting it easily. 

Nadal, scampering, staggering, falling over, but winning the point, somehow. Jaw-dropping stuff from the Spaniard who falls to his haunches as he catches his breath. 

The Spaniard won that point but the tiredness taking a toll on him. Serving at 30-40, Nadal gets another time code violation. For the second serve, Nadal errs and Medvedev gets a break back. The umpire draws boos from the crowd for faulting their champion but it seems like the fairest thing ever. 

New York: Rafael Nadal looks to cap one of his greatest Grand Slam years with his fourth US Open title when he faces Russia's Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's final at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The 33-year-old Spanish left-hander chases his 19th career Grand Slam singles title, one shy of Roger Federer's all-time men's record, in his 27th Slam final and his fifth championship match on the New York hardcourts.

Nadal, who made the semi-finals at all four Slams for the first season since 2008, captured his 12th French Open title in June, lost the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic and fell to Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

And while he has dropped only one set in the Flushing Meadows fortnight, Nadal is facing the hottest player on tour in fifth-ranked Medvedev, who at 23 could become the first Slam winner born in the 1990s.

Medvedev has produced a stunning six weeks on hardcourts: reaching the Washington final, losing the Montreal final to Nadal in their only prior meeting, winning the title at Cincinnati while Nadal rested and now charging into his first Grand Slam final.

Medvedev leads the ATP tour in season wins and has battled through four four-set wins at the US Open.

Nadal will be Medvedev's fourth left-handed foe of the tournament.

Medvedev also sees an edge in having faced Nadal in Canada, even in defeat.

Nadal sees little to take from a windy Montreal win given the likely lack of breeze in the big stadium. "Here the wind is not there. Of course, helps a little bit," Nadal said. "But I think he's taking the steps forward every single day."

With inputs from AFP

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