Rafael Nadal reaches his Grand Slam 19 at the end of the US OpenSeptember 9, 2019
The Spanish Rafael Nadal, two of the ranking world, conquered this Sunday his fourth US Open and placed a Grand Slam of the record 20 held by Roger Federer.
The 33-year-old Mallorcan, who won Roland Garros this year and was a finalist in Australia, won the Russian Daniil Medvedev in a difficult game to five sets that ended with partials of 7-5, 6-3, 5-7 and 6-4 in 4 hours and 50 minutes.
With the title this Sunday, Nadal was a record title of five US Open held by Federer, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors.
The "beast", the "machine", the "lion": all qualifiers that fit in the 33-year-old Spanish game, which played its twenty-seventh Grand Slam final and the fifth in the hard court championship in New York, but in front he had a fierce Medvedev, away from the boy who fell in August against Rafa in Montreal, forcing the fourth and fifth set after being 2-0 down on the scoreboard.
At the end, Nadal threw himself on the floor excited, hiding in his hands the emotions of this match that fell short for five minutes of the longest final in the history of the US Open. Then he let everyone see his tears while watching a video with all the triumphs of his long and successful career.
"I am very excited," he said before receiving the trophy from Rod Laver, the only man to win all four Grand Slam titles in the same year twice (1962 and 1969). "It has been an honor to play in front of you."
"To the Latino community, thank you very much, you have never failed me," he said at the end in Spanish.
The now 4 in the ranking World Cup, which sought to become the first Russian to win the US Open since Marat Safin in 2000, fought as far as it could, forcing the fourth set, responding to almost everything Nadal sent, moving well and responding with a mixed game that included a lot ball in the mesh, with which he knew how to put the Spaniard against the ropes.
"Tonight everyone sees why he is already number 4, for the magnificent tennis he is playing," Nadal said of his rival.
The first set could materialize in the tenth game, when the score was 5-4 in favor of Spanish, with the poorly tuned serve, but the Russian, who saved in the previous three break points, put the 5-5 as with the nail.
But it was not enough to avoid 7-5, where he had no choice but to capitulate his serve.
The second began as the first, with a breakout chance that Medvedev failed to take advantage of, while the Spaniard let out the lead after having triple break points in the room. The Spanish scored the next three games and served to put, without difficulties, 6-3 on the board.
Medvedev, who showed his worst face in that second set, tried to keep up with Nadal in the long rallies, but it was difficult when he had that "machine" in front, as he himself called his opponent.
In the third set Nadal began to put his foot in the accelerator, playing more aggressive, shorter points, as desperate to lift the trophy, while Medvedev returned to grab air, did not give up and took energy from where he could – eating his bananas – to force the room, which also won.
"Med-ve-dev, Med-ve-dev," rumbled in the gallery … perhaps for support of the Russian or simply to extend the emotions of the final of the last Grand Slam of the year, because until nothing was the Villain of the tournament for his previous conduct on the court, which included an obscene gesture to the public and mistreatment of collecting balls.
That page seems past and in response to the armistice with Arthur Ashe, Medvedev broke and took out the 7-5 that kept him alive for another set.
"It is because of his energy that I am here (…), that I battled like a demon," said the Russian.
In the fifth Nadal raised four boleas of 'break' before a Medvedev, who began to fight against the cramps that have hit him throughout the tournament. The 3-2 in favor of the Balearic came with a break in the fifth game, which had been denied for a set and a half. It was the fuel he needed to close the tournament.
"I hope to see you next year," Rafa said after saying goodbye.
Medvedev talks about the 'Big 3'
08 sep 2019 – 22: 09h
"Something of vodka," he joked Daniil Medvedev at the start of his press conference after falling to Rafael Nadal in the final of the US Open this Sunday.
Nadal, who scored his 19 Grand Slam title, ratified the dominance of the epic generation of the "Big 3", which integrates with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
"I can say that I am sure that all of us are struggling to try to make this transition" to the new generation of tennis players, said Medvedev, 23, and the new world number 4.
"It has been very difficult for these guys to play tennis too well, amazing. It is very difficult to beat them, until they get a set, to win every game is hard. We are doing our best work to achieve it someday."
Being 2 sets down, Medvedev forced a fourth and fifth set before falling into the decision … But he said he came to think about the speech he would give when the game ended in set 3 before overcoming it.
"I became close, but at the same time Rafa was a beast out there," he said. "I felt that for everything I did, I had an answer. I was trying to do something, get new … I tried everything."
"These three men are legends, the way they play tennis was incredible, when you're out there, tactically, it's harder than any other player," he continued.
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