Nadal tops Medvedev in US Open final

September 09, 2019 - 12:59 pm

As the 2019 NFL season opened on Sunday afternoon the 2019 US Open came to an exciting close with an all-time classic men's final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev. 

Nadal took the first set 7-5 and the second 6-3, but Medvedev, who was appearing in his first Grand Slam final, came roaring back and won the third set 7-5 and the fourth 6-4. The comeback started when Nadal led 3 games to 2 at the break in the third set. Medvedev began battling back and had a chance to become the first man since 1949 to come back from a two set to none deficit and win the US Open final.

Tensions continued to rise in the final set as Nadal had a difficult time closing out the pesty 23-year old from Russia. Following a changeover, up 5-4, Nadal had the serve and was able to finish Medvedev off a few points later to capture his fourth US Open title and 19th Grand Slam overall.

Nadal, at age 33, now trails Roger Federer (38) by just one Grand Slam title for the all-time men's lead. With his victory Sunday night, Nadal became the oldest US Open male champion since 1970, and became the first man to win five majors after turning 30. 

Novak Djokovic, who is third on the all-time men's Grand Slam title list with 16, withdrew from this year's US Open in his round of 16 match due to a shoulder injury, while Federer lost in the quarterfinals. 

All three men seem to still have at least a few years left in their respective careers, Djokovic is the youngest of the three (32) and may have some more prime years left. But the race to be the all-time men's Grand Slam leader continues to be an interesting one. The next major on the schedule is the 2020 Australian Open, which will take place in January. 

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