Nadal wins U.S. Open, beating Medvedev in a 5-set thriller

Rafael Nadal celebrating his victory over Daniil Medvedev at the United States Open final on Sunday night.

Rafael Nadal celebrating his victory over Daniil Medvedev at the United States Open final on Sunday night.CreditCreditChang W. Lee/The New York Times

After five sets and nearly five hours, Rafael Nadal defeated Daniil Medvedev Sunday night during the U.S. Open final, giving him his 19th career Grand Slam championship and putting him one title short of Roger Federer’s record total.

Nadal, 33, won 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4. “A crazy match, no?” said Nadal. “The nerves were so high after having the match almost under control.”

Nadal now has four U.S. Open titles, and is the first male to win five Grand Slams in his 30s.

The No. 5 seed, Medvedev, 23, was trying to become the first male tennis player born in the 1990s to win a Grand Slam. This was his first time playing in a U.S. Open final.

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