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Nadal wins US Open in thrilling fashion

9th September 2019, 05:16 by Michael Holland

Rafael Nadal won a thrilling US Open final to clinch his 19th Grand Slam title after managing to hold off Daniil Medvedev.

The 33-year-old looked to be cruising as he took the opening two sets, only for his Russian opponent to fight back and take the next two, to set up a fifth and deciding set.

The Spaniard's experience of the big occasion was probably the deciding factor and was just enough to get him over the line as he saw out the match 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 in fours and 50 minutes.

Nadal collapsed to the floor after taking his third match point and was clearly emotional as he closed into within one Grand Slam win of rival Roger Federer.

"It has been one of the most emotional nights in my tennis career," Nadal said after the match. "It has been an amazing final. It has been a crazy match."

Medvedev was very gracious in defeat when saying: "I just want to congratulate Rafa, a 19th Grand Slam title is something unbelievable, outrageous."

He also paid tribute to the crowd, who chanted his name throughout after being won over. It was a stark contrast to the reception he received earlier in the tournament.

"I know early in the tournament I said something in a bad way, and now I want to say it in a good way, it is because of your energy I am here," he said.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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