Rafael Nadal survived a scare from Daniil Medvedev in the finals of the men’s singles in the US Open 2019 . It was played on Sunday, September 8.
The must watch final lasted for four hours in a five set episode before the Spaniard could be crowned winner.
Nadal won the five set thriller in 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4. This becomes a remarkable achievement as it is his 19th Grand slam title with just one behind his rival Roger Federer.
The Spanish now completes a double of the French Open and US Open in the same year for the second time in three years.
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 Nadal saved a break point in his final service game.
“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.”
“It has been an amazing final,” Nadal said, on the podium. “It seems that I had, more or less, the match under control.”
Meanwhile, Medvedev admitted to letting his thoughts wander to his post-match speech after falling behind by a break in the third set.