Rafael Nadal wins 19th grand slam, one short of Federer

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Rafael Nadal won the 19th Grand Slam title of his career winning the US Open final, defeating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4.

The Spanish left-hander is now one short of Roger Federer’s all-time men’s record of 20 Grand Slams. Now the question is will Nadal surpass Federer anytime soon who too, is in no mood to retire.

The world number two Nadal took the top prize of $3.85 million at Arthur Ashe Stadium and added to his US Open trophy haul from 2010, 2013 and 2017.

Nadal, who was in his fifth US Open championship match and 27th Grand Slam final, is the first man to claim five major titles after turning 30.

“This victory means a lot,” Nadal said.

“And the way it happened. It was hard to control the nerves. The nerves were so high after having the match almost under control.” Nadal, who rose to 22-12 in five-set matches, only lost once at a Slam when up two sets, to Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the 2015 US Open third round.

“I more or less had the match under control,” Nadal said.

“The way he was able to fight, to change the rhythm of the match, was incredible.”

At four hours and 50 minutes, the match finished four minutes short of equaling the longest final in US Open history from Mats Wilander’s 1988 win and Andy Murray’s 2012 title.

It was the second slam title of the year for Nadal after winning his 12th French Open crown in June.

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.

“A 19th Grand Slam title is something unbelievable, outrageous,” Medvedev said.

Nadal, who won his only prior meeting with Medvedev in last month’s Montreal final, stretched his win streak over Russians to 20 matches since losing to Nikolay Davydenko in the 2011 Doha semi-finals.

Fifth seed Medvedev, 23, would have been the youngest men’s Grand Slam champion since Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open.

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