New York: Rafael Nadal got the better of Daniil Medvedev in a thriller to win his fourth US Open crown a in front of an electric Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday.
Nadal outlasted Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in four hours and 49 minutes. Surviving a stunning comeback by the Russian, the Spaniard overcame an aggressive Medvedev in one of the more gripping five-set finals in Grand Slam history.
23-year-old Medvedev came back from two sets and a break down to force a decider. However, Nadal once again showed his fighting spirit and fought off his challenger to cross the finish line in thrilling fashion.
With his 19th Grand Slam victory, Nadal closed the gap to just one on Roger Federer in the all-time title chase. He also moved to three ahead of Novak Djokovic for solo second place on the list.
Speaking about his victory, Nadal said, "This victory is so important for me. Especially as the match became more and more difficult. I was able to hold the nerves. They were so high. It was a crazy match and I'm just very emotional. It was an amazing final. Daniil is only 23-years-old and the way he was able to fight and change the rhythm of the match was amazing. He will have many more opportunities like this."