Nadal tops Medvedev in U.S. Open final

Rafael Nadal claims his 19th Grand Slam title in a five-set thriller

Jon Simon
September 09, 2019 - 12:59 pm

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As many NFL teams opened their 2019 seasons on Sunday afternoon, the 2019 U.S. Open came to an exciting close with an all-time classic men's final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev. 

Nadal took the first set 7-5 and the second 6-3, but Medvedev, who was appearing in his first Grand Slam final, came roaring back and won the third set 7-5 and the fourth 6-4. The comeback started when Nadal led three games to two at the break in the third set. Medvedev began battling back and had a chance to become the first man since 1949 to come back from a two set to none deficit and win the U.S. Open final.

Tensions continued to rise in the final set as Nadal had a difficult time closing out the pesky 23-year old from Russia. Following a changeover, up 5-4, Nadal had the serve and was able to finish Medvedev off a few points later to capture his fourth U.S. Open title and 19th career Grand Slam title.

Nadal, 33, now trails Roger Federer by just one Grand Slam title for the all-time men's lead. With his victory Sunday night, Nadal became the oldest U.S. Open male champion since 1970, and became the first man to win five majors after turning 30. 

Novak Djokovic, who is third on the all-time men's Grand Slam title list with 16, withdrew from this year's U.S. Open in his Round of 16 match due to a shoulder injury, while Federer lost in the quarterfinals. 

All three men seem to have at least a few years left in their respective careers, with Djokovic being is the youngest of the three at age 32.

The next tennis major on the schedule is the 2020 Australian Open, which will take place in January. 

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