Nadal wins epic five-set US Open

Rafael Nadal 'I felt in a rush between points because of shot clock'

Eighteen times before he had won Grand Slam tournaments, but this might have been Rafael Nadal's finest moment. I tried to hold the emotion, but at some moments it was impossible.

In contrast, Sport and Mundo Deportivo opted to leave him off the front page entirely - with the latter choosing to focus on basketball instead. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840. "This victory means a lot". "And the way it happened. The nerves were so high after having the match nearly under control".

"I will be disappointed with the result but I will be happy with the way I played the whole summer, the whole US Open".

Notably, the US Open victory was also Nadal's second Grand Slam title of the year after he won his 12th French Open crown in June.

It appeared that the air was quickly escaping from Nadal's balloon when Medvedev cracked a massive backhand service victor down the line to break Nadal in a quick end to the fourth set. It seemed that I had more or less the match under control, but honestly first word I have to say is to Daniil.

Serena Williams was the headline act through most of two weeks, until the final big and bold headline - wood, they call it in our business - shouted out Nadal's name and Nadal's championship match against Medvedev.

In addition to reaching the brink of Federer's mark, Nadal moved one shy of the Open era record five US Open titles won by Federer, Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras.


Federer, who lost in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, is 38, while Nadal is 33 - making him the oldest male champion at Flushing Meadows since 1970. I know earlier in the tournament I said a bad thing, and now it's a good thing.

"Tonight, everybody saw why he is the number four player in the world already".

The US Open has been held since 1881, it is the fourth and the final Grand Slam tournament of the tennis season, played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in NY.

The fourth set started with Medvedev battling from 0-40 down and then getting a break point in the next game which was saved.

"It's really unusual. I think this year before I've played like three lefties in all the year", Medvedev said.

"So I was like, "OK, OK, just fight for every point, don't think about these things". In the next game, Medvedev saved two championship points on serve to stay in the contest. Nadal won the first two sets 7-5, 6-3.

Perhaps the best statistic showing how close this match was - and why Nadal was able to win - lies in the rally-length stats. He won the set 7-5, held serve to win the opening game of the fourth set, and had a break point in the second game, but Nadal hit a backhand passing shot for a victor and closed the game with an ace.

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