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Nadal defeats Medvedev in five-set thriller to lift US Open

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Rafael Nadal celebrates his win. Text: US Open

New York: Rafael Nadal prevented one of the most remarkable comebacks in tennis history to win his 19th career Grand Slam title, and his fourth US Open crown.

After nearly five hours of drama in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the Spaniard survived an inspired effort from Russian No. 5 seed Daniil Medvedev, 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, in the 2019 men’s singles final.sports news headlines

After leading by two sets and a break, Nadal found himself facing three break points in his opening service game of the deciding set.

He saved all three, then edged back in front—this time for good—when a backhand winner punctuated a 28-ball rally on break point for 3-2. The tension persisted until the last ball, as Rafael Nadal saved a break point in his final service game.

As Nadal found championship form on Sunday, Medvedev, known for his on- and off-court smarts, had plenty of answers in the face of the ultimate examination.

“The way you are playing is a big joke,” an endearing Medvedev told Nadal during the trophy ceremony. “It’s very tough to play against you.”

Grand Slam Title Leaders:

Roger Federer 20

Rafael Nadal 19

Novak Djokovic 16

Pete Sampras 14

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