World Number two, Rafael Nadal took on the fifth seed, Daniil Medvedev for his 19th Grand Slam title. The aggressive Spaniard, Rafa prevailed over the 23-year-old, Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 and lifted up his 19th Grand Slam title at US Open 2019 in nearly five hours.
Rafa began the opening game with a banana forehand lasso around the net on the second point and later the Russian faced a break point at 40-30. Rafa was given time violation warning for delaying his first serve.
The lengthy rallies were followed and the Spaniard made a gutsy hold in the first game. Nadal’s serve was broken just six times in the entire tournament and the 23-year-old Moscow native broke him in the second game of US Open finals with his long rallies. Quickly, the Mallorcan avenged his service game loss and later held his serve to love at 3-2.
The aggressive lefty, Rafael Nadal was drenched in New York City’s humidity and his first serve percentage was 41 at 4-3. A stronghold by the lanky Russian at 4-4 after he served and volleyed multiple times and hit a few flat backhands, while Rafa had three chances to break his serve. Medvedev dug deep to make a hold after seven minutes at 5-5.
Counterpunching the returns of the flat hitter righty, Rafa held two sets points. With Medvedev flawing on the net, the Spaniard sealed the set 7-5.
The long rallies from the young ATP player’s end continued in the second set and the 33-year-old Spanish Veteran responded patiently to all his shots. Nadal fended off break points and with his relentlessly hitting, he held his serve at 2-2.
Medvedev was producing angled shots with his backhand, but it was the three-time US Open champion, Rafa seizing the break for a 4-2 lead in the second set.
Slamming winners on Medvedev’s returns, Rafael Nadal moved a step closer to his 19th Grand Slam title.
Rafa #19 shortly…
The lanky Russian made a service hold to love in the third set, but the wild forehand roar from Rafa on his next service game, the Spaniard led by a break in the third set at 3-2. The fifth seed had an opportunity for a 3-3 scoreline, but a serve an volley tactic from Rafa withered away that chance. Rafa missed an overhead smash on a 24-shot rally, and a point later Daniil was back on serve.
Back on serve!
Warrior-like tennis was seen at 4-4, the fearless form of Medvedev emerged as Rafa faced break points. Battling to stay in the final match, the lanky boy from Moscow prevailed in the encounter at 5-4.
Battling back at 6-5 with the stadium cheering for him, on Rafa’s serve, he pummeled a forehand winner down the line for a set point. He came up with a backhand winner and consequently pushed the final match into the fourth set. Medvedev sealed the third set, 7-5.
A tight set of service games, where Nadal was just two games away from his 19th Grand Slam title, but amazing passing from Medvedev impelled a decider in the title match.
A new champion in New York…?
Medvedev made a quick hold and later, the Spaniard served and volleyed to protect his serve in the fifth set of the Slam final as the lanky player faced break points. Also, he was given a time violation fault while serving.
Rafa holds at 1-1…
Rafael Nadal broke Medvedev to lead by 3-2 in the final set, but while he was a break point down, he stopped Medvedev’s ace because it was not prepared for it.
Despite the relentless tennis from Medvedev, it was Rafa who served for the US Open title at 5-2. While the Russian was 40-30 up on Nadal’s serve, Rafa got his third time violation of the match and later double-faulted.
Medvedev came up with clutch tennis, he saved championship points with a backhand winner and a masterclass second serve and later served out the game for a 5-4 scoreline.
A new legend of the sport…#battleback
Despite all the courageous tennis from Daniil Medvedev, it was the old champion Rafael Nadal who clinched his fourth US Open title on the third championship at Flushing Meadows!