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
  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 06:44 (IST)

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    Couldn't agree more!

  • 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. 

  • 06:32 (IST)

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    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. 

  • 06:25 (IST)

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    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. 

  • 06:16 (IST)

    Nadal* 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 5-2 Medvedev

    Medvedev gets a high lob from Nadal but doesn't get into a good enough position. He smashes but misses the overhead smash, sending it long off the baseline and Nadal gets the second break of serve this set. The Spaniard will serve for the championship. 

  • 06:13 (IST)

    Does the Russian have something up his sleeve?

  • 06:13 (IST)

    Nadal* 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 4-2 Medvedev

    Energised by gaining the break of serve, Nadal peppers the Russian's court with lethal first serves, pulling ahead to 40-0 before making an error. He engages in a long rally then and comes out on top to maintain his lead by a break of serve in this fifth and final set. 

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    Nadal* 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 3-2 Medvedev

    Nadal's returns are landing at Medvedev's feet, drawing the errors from the Russian. From 15-40, the Spaniard gets to a breakpoint on the Medvedev serve. 

    The Russian pounds an ace but wait. Nadal stops the point saying he isn't ready. Doesn't matter, shrugs the Russian as he belts another ace and draws the game back to deuce. 

    Nadal gets the break of serve though and it's a serious advantage hereon. Keeps playing to the Russian's backhand who makes the mistake of inviting Nadal to the net with a drop shot. The Spaniard obliges and pulls out a cross-court backhand winner. 

  • 05:59 (IST)

    Nadal* 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 2-2 Nadal

    Some serious hustle from Medvedev as Nadal forces the Russian to put in the long yards. Side to side goes Medvedev before running up the net with his backhand going cross-court where Nadal fails to find a touch. The service game remains in the Spaniard's control. Continues to stretch the play to his liking before he plays a down the line forehand to bring up two game points. The Spaniard holds his serve and the fifth set continues to advance on serve. 

  • 05:50 (IST)

    He pulled through it though. 

  • 05:49 (IST)

    Nadal* 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6 , 1-1 Medvedev

    Medvedev is playing with abandon here and none of it is reckless. He's letting his forehand rip with a full flourish of the arm notches up two breakpoints. 

    Nadal, like so many times today, gets the service game back to deuce. 

    Time violations coming for Nadal on his own serve. Nick Kyrgios must be smiling. Nadal draws the game back at deuce though. Slams a huge first serve and draws level in the fifth set. 

  • 05:41 (IST)

    Medvedev* 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 1-0 Nadal 

    Nadal isn't ready to receive a serve from the Russian who is purposefully rushing through his motions. The Spaniard doesn't swing and draws boos from the crowd. How times change! The Russian winning over this American crowd. Who doesn't like the triumph of an underdog? Medvedev holds his service game and gets the set underway. 

  • 05:37 (IST)

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

    Medvedev flips his racquet under the ball, letting it glide past Nadal for a winner and brings the Spaniard's service game to deuce. Soon enough, it happens! A deep strong serve from Nadal but the backhand from Medvedev comes through, catching the line. The Russian pockets the fourth set and we are going all the way to a decider. This is what legends are made of. 

    The Nadal box is in a tizzy it seems over the stunning turn of events. 

  • 05:29 (IST)

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

    Daniil Medvedev continues to serve absolute bombs. He looks more and more confident out there. The Russian's crosscourt backhands are proving to infallible, flat and fast, bullets on Nadal's forehand. He has his nose in front and Nadal will be serving to stay in the fourth set. 

  • 05:27 (IST)

    Celebrity watch: Also in the house is Uma Thurman.

  • 05:26 (IST)

    Enough said. 

  • 05:26 (IST)

    Celebrity watch: Lindsey Vonn in attendance.

  • 05:25 (IST)

    REMEMBER???

  • 05:23 (IST)

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

    As the clock has winded down, Medvedev's shots have gotten more and more consistent by the minute. The unforced errors have all but ceased and he's matching Nadal every shot. There are no easy winners here for either player. 

  • 05:19 (IST)

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

    Nadal continues to dictate play, moving up the court swiftly, every other shot going crosscourt as Medvedev is forced to chase the ball. The Spaniard holds his serve. 

  • 05:12 (IST)

    Medvedev* 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 3-2 Nadal

    A return falls short from Nadal and Medvedev gets a bit too over-ambitious, jumps to make his backhand as he closes in but sends it wide, allowing Nadal to come back into the game. The Spaniard takes the game to deuce and Medvedev's frustration mounts. The Russian then plays a backhand slice for an approach shot, drawing a tame return from Nadal which he relishes in pounding, saves a couple of breakpoints still to keep the game on deuce. Medvedev pulls out his thundering first serve when he needs it the most and holds his serve. 

  • 05:05 (IST)

    Nadal* 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 2-2 Medvedev

    A hold to love for Nadal with the fourth ace of the match for the Spaniard. He breezes through his service game and this is looking interesting. 

  • 05:00 (IST)

    Medvedev* 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 2-1 Nadal

    Medvedev keeps 'em coming. Holds his serve again and keeps his slender lead in the fourth set. 

  • 04:56 (IST)

    Nadal* 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 1-1 Medvedev

    Is there such a thing as a Russian Monk? That's what Medvedev seems to have become. The cheers from the crowd, him winning a set, draws little in terms of reaction from him. Quite a contrast from his full villain self which drew jeers from the crowd in the earlier rounds. The Russian has grown numb here, playing on meditatively. 

    MEANWHILE, Nadal closes out a tough service game with an ace and the fourth set advances on serve. 

  • 04:49 (IST)

    Medvedev* 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 Nadal

    Medvedev rides on the winning momentum over the last couple of games. He holds his serve to get the fourth set underway. And finally! Nadal plays the same serve and volley and like many times before, Medvedev is on the run, chases it down but unlike many times before, he doesn't hit his backhand back at Nadal but lets it go down the line for a winner. He's bringing this final alive and a few cheers now because no one likes a one-sided encounter. 

  • 04:44 (IST)

    Medvedev looking tougher than Ivan Drago here. Russia must be proud. Get the pun? 

  • 04:43 (IST)

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

    Medvedev on fire here, lets his around the head forehand rip and it blazed through the court, landing smack on the line for a winner. The Russian gets three breakpoints and while Nadal saves one easily, Medvedev converts the next to take the set. What a stunning turnaround. We are going into the fourth set with Medvedev looking stronggg!

  • 04:35 (IST)

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

    Medvedev varying his shot selection with the same intent as Nadal. He serves and volleys to good effect, moves remarkably well for a 6'6" guy The Russian keeps landing the first serves and even gets a couple of aces through. He holds to love and keeps his slender lead intact 

  • 04:33 (IST)

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

    Easy hold for Nadal and we are inching closer to a tiebreak. 

  • 04:31 (IST)

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

    A corker of a rally, the Russian playing with some elan here. He's playing his forehands with a full arm swing of the bottom-hand, letting the ball rip across the surface with an extra zing. He even plays the backhand slice to vary the pace on his shots. However, Nadal shifts from defence to attack in a heartbeat and gets the point. 

    Medvedev's service game and both players locked on deuce. Familiar sight! The Russian is looking invigorated though, landing the big serves to make the slam dunks on his volleys and closing out a tough service game. Keeps the set alive for him. 

  • 04:15 (IST)

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

    Medvedev cuts the ball and the deft drop shot couldn't have been more perfect. A rare sight today for Medvedev. He holds his serve easily, goes ahead in the third set. 

  • 04:14 (IST)

    Over 850,000 fans over the course of two weeks.

  • 04:13 (IST)

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

    Nadal faces a couple of breakpoints and just like that, serve and volley comes through and he draws level. Deep serves moving away from the Russian and Nadal volleys. Medvedev does manage to chase one down by Nadal is there, manning the net, volleys easily for the winner. 

    Medvedev holds on though, keeping up with the Spaniard, not going for the risky winners but just hitting his shots and letting fate take its course. He gets a lucky break of serve. The Russian draws level and the set is back on serve. 

  • 04:04 (IST)

    Nadal* 7-5, 6-3, 3-2 Medvedev

    BREAK! Medvedev is helpless here. He's pounding away, inside out forehands to those on the inside but Nadal can chase everything. The rallies are inordinately prolonged by the relentless Nadal, something has to give and unfortunately, Medvedev ends up trying too hard and slams one at the net. Nadal up by a break of serve. 

  • 04:00 (IST)

    Nadal* 7-5, 6-3, 2-2 Medvedev

    Nadal looks in imperious form. Turning the rally on its head. The Spaniard goes from scurrying across and chasing returns down both sides to advancing to the net and volleying for the winner. It's the shot selection which is immaculate. He knows when to get the backhand slice and when to move to the inside and take it on his forehand. 

  • 03:56 (IST)

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    Medvedev* 5-7, 3-6, 2-1 Nadal

    A comfortable hold for Medvedev. He's looking fine physically, holding up pretty well. Needs to keep running through his service games to pile the pressure on the Spaniard. 

  • 03:51 (IST)

    Nadal* 7-5, 6-3, 1-1 Medvedev

    Nadal holds his serve rather easily to get this third set advancing on serve. 

  • 03:51 (IST)

    Meanwhile... 

  • 03:47 (IST)

    Medvedev* 5-7, 3-6, 1-0 Nadal

    Medvedev holds his service game as the odds look stacked against him. The Russian has never won a five-set match from two-sets down. 

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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Updated Date: Sep 09, 2019 07:16:24 IST