US Open 2019 Final Highlights: In a rematch of the Canadian Open final from last month, Rafael Nadal turned out triumphant against Daniil Medvedev by 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in the US Open 2019 men’s singles final on Sunday.
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal clinched his 19th Grand Slam title and his fourth US Open title against the fifth-seeded Daniil Medvedev in the Arthur Ashe stadium. Repeating the result from the previous encounter, when Nadal beat Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 in their last meeting last month in the Rogers Cup, the pair took nearly five hours to come to a result.
US Open 2019 Final Highlights:
RAFAEL NADAL WINS!
Nadal serves for the Championship and the first point of the game goes to Medvedev. Another rally, another near impossible Nadal shot and it's 15-15. Medvedev is still powering through, through his kinesio tapes and cramps and painkillers, and is now ahead 30-40. Nadal brings it to deuce. And to advantage. And to the championship! Rafael Nadal wins the US Open by beating Daniil Medvedev, 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4!
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 5-4 Medvedev
It's like a pendulum, and it's going both sides equally. The entire crowd have their hearts on pause, because it is so thrilling. 30-30, and Medvedev has to save his serve. But after a brief rally, Nadal slays Medvedev with yet another net point. Championship point for him now. And Medvedev makes it deuce! This is some interplanetary tennis! Nadal gains the advantage after Medvedev fails to return from the net. And it's deuce after Nadal fails to cross over the net. Medvedev just casually slams an ace, his 13th of the night to gain advantage. And it's deuce again, simply extraordinary. Medvedev keeps gaining the heat with his 14th ace of the night, and with a Nadal error, Medvedev holds! Finally.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 5-3 Medvedev
Nadal serves for the Championship and it's 15-0, unchallenged. But he concedes his fourth double fault of the night, and it's 15-15. Nadal is stretched in the next rally, and he did the impossible with two impossible backhands, he returned Medvedev and made it 30-15. But wait, is that a twist in the tale, as the Russian adversary has made it 30-30. And he goes on to win the game! Medvedev breaks!
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 5-2 Medvedev
Medvedev takes a lead of 30-15, but he looks shaken up now and underconfident as he concedes to Nadal. Once, and then twice, the secon time to a Spanish dropshot. 30-40. The Russian tries to smash it and he goes too long and Nadal breaks! All over for Medvedev?
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 4-2 Medvedev
Nadals holds to 15, and Arthur Ashe Stadium erupts. What tennis from the 33-year-old Spaniard, as his experience is taking him abit further than Medvedev. An uphill task for the Russian.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 3-2 Medvedev
Medvedev racks up the points soon enough, making it 40-0, with a sense of urgency. But Nadal is still not letting a single point go, trying to win them with everything he has in him. 40-30. And then he turns it into a deuce! Nadal shows why he has won 18 Grand Slams and gets his fourth consecutive point, which is reversed by Medvedev. Deuce again, and Nadal gets the advantage, and he breaks after a tedious rally! What a player!
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 2-2 Medvedev
Nadal wins the first point, and since then it has swayed both ways. but a Nadal forehand stops it and makes it 40-15. And he holds.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 1-2 Medvedev
Medvedev doesn't choose to dwell in Nadal's excitement and celebrations, and he keeps his momentum going with his serve and gets a solid 40-15 lead. But Nadal closes the gap after winning a point. Quick reflexes, strong grip on the backhand, and Medvedev holds. This will go down to the wire.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 1-1 Medvedev
Medvedev forces Nadal to go long and overhit it for the first point, but it is in the second point of the game that he brings out his magnificent cross-backhand. Nadal gets one back. 15-30. Two points-a-piece and it's 30-40, which Nadal turns into a deuce. After two deuces, Nadal wins the game after a time violation. No one has won a US Open final from two sets down in the Open Era! Could he stop the Russian?
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 0-1 Medvedev
Medvedev begins with a point, and ends with a point too. He holds to 15. Meanwhile, Nadal seemed frustrated and agitated. Anyone would feel like that too, if they couldn't capitalise after winning two initial sets.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6 Medvedev
Nadal serves to stay in the set, and he does well to take a 30-0 lead. Medvedev finds a burst of energy and he earns a brilliant net point. Then another, and another with a well-measured forehand. Deuce. Two more points and the set's his, and Nadal concedes and Medvedev has a set point. What a turnaround this has been from the 23-year-old. And he returns Nadal's fearsome serve, and it's two-a-piece! What a final!
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-5 Medvedev
The Russian serves and after some exchange, he earns a brilliant point over Nadal's head. Soon after. 30-0 and then 40-0. And then he seals the game with his very own service game. What a match this has been! But when will the break come?
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-4 Medvedev
Nadal's serve. Nadal dominates. Nadal holds to love. Simple as that.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 3-4 Medvedev
It's going either way again, and it is not to Medvedev's liking, as he knows that he has got to be better on his own serves. Nadal has replied kindly with eac h point, making it 30-30. But Medvedev makes it 40-30 soon after, and he wraps the game after a brilliant rally with an ever-so confident forehand.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 3-3 Medvedev
The long rallies continue, and Medvedev gets the better of the Spaniard in Nadal's serve. Nadal soon makes it 15-15. But, he goes on to win the sixth game of the fourth set and holds serve. No breaks as of now in this set. The clock hits 3 hours and 30 minutes at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 2-3 Medvedev
Medvedev takes an early lead of 30-0, but that is overturned by three straight points by Nadal. 30-40. A stupid mistake that even Nadal knows, and it's deuce. And then the crowd erupts as Medvedev gets the first advantage. After an exchange of deuce and advantages, Medvedev holds.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 2-2 Medvedev
Rafael Nadal holds for love. Nothing else to say, just amazed at his endurance levels even at 33.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 1-2 Medvedev
The game just like the match is going either way, with both the players exchanging heavy blows. 15-15, and now 30-30. Medvedev is finding it tough to hold his serve, but he does after a lot of toil. He holds for 30.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 1-1 Medvedev
Rallies, dropshots, angled backhands: Medvedev can handle it all by the looks of it. He takes a 0-30 lead in Nadal's serve. The Spaniard pulls one back, and then another, but he hits the net the third time around, and it is 30-40. And Nadal takes the game after a deuce.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 0-1 Medvedev
Momentum gathered, and on he goes. Medvedev racks his points in the fourth set quickly to have a 40-0 lead. But Nadal, who has a stern look on his face now, pulls back thrice, to make it deuce. Nadal tries to fool his opponent with a net shot, but Medvedev is quick and he is quick enough to get the advantage with a measure shot. Another backhand, and he holds!
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-7 Medvedev
The crowd is absolutely loving it! Medvedev won the first point after yet another rally, and he makes it 0-30 after forcing Nadal to hit the nets after tiring him out. A brutal forehand to end another rally, and it's 0-40, and it's three set points for him! Nadal pulls one back, but it is all Medvedev. Brilliant stuff. The match is closing in on the 3-hour mark now.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-6 Medvedev
After an initial battle, which lead to Medvedev's first point of the game, the Russian makes it 30-0 with a brilliant ace. He soon makes it 40-0 with an excellent dropshot. And another ace from him to hold for love. What a game from him!
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 5-5 Medvedev
Nadal continues what he does best, absolutely steamroll people with his serve game even in the third set. Medvedev is getting run ragged here and looks completely gassed, but he is continuing with his backhand-forehand returns, to no avail though. 40-0 now. And Nadal wraps it up.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 4-5 Medvedev
What a game, what a match! The two, Nadal and Medvedev have been receiving applause from the New York the entire night, and deservedly so. Their 28-shot rally received a standing ovation, and even though Nadal won it, Medvedev bit back to bring it to deuce. Two deuces in, Medvedev finally holds against the powerhouse Nadal is!
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 4-4 Medvedev
After a brief rally, Nadal gets the first point of his serve with yet another net point. Facing a lot of fight still from Medvedev, he manages to win the game and equal it in the third set.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 3-4 Medvedev
From the start itself, Medvedev has been in control of the game, and he finished it with the utmost of predeliction and deftness with an exquisite backhand. He holds to 15.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 3-3 Medvedev
Nadal begins his serve, but he falters in the first few points as Medvedev takes a 15-30 lead. The Russian wins another point and gets two break points, which is reduced to just one by Nadal with a deft backhand from near the net. And it's deuce, and it is not looking good for Medvedev. And it's a gift from Nadal, as Medvedev gets an advantage and breaks soon after!
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 3-2 Medvedev
After pushing Medvedev to 30-all, Nadal was provided with a break point opportunity by his opponent. He didn't let go of that opportunity after converting Medvedev's floating backhand towards him. The Spaniard breaks, and it's a huge break, a Championship deciding one even.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 2-2 Medvedev
Nadal gets the first point, and after smashing home his second point, he receives applause from Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. But he comes up with an out, and makes it 30-15. But after a long rally, he has proved the doubters wrong, gaining a brilliant point which is totally down to his agility and fitness. He seals it soon after.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 1-2 Medvedev
Is it a sign of Nadal's fatigue though? Another Medvedev serve, and his control over his own serve has been above par, as he holds to love this game. The Russian will be hopeful to find a break this set soon.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 1-1 Medvedev
Although Nadal opens his serve with a point, Medvedev soon makes it 15-15. A powerful forehand a controlled shot just over the net later, it's 40-15. And it's Nadal's first game of the third set.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3, 0-1 Medvedev
Medvedev still believes, as his body language still shows that he is in it. First final or not, he is hungry for another title to add to his summer collection. He wraps the first game of the third set quite easily, with a 194.7 kmph ace in between.
Nadal 7-5, 6-3 Medvedev
Nadal opens with a forehand winner but Medvedev responds with two quick points. But Nadal quickly turns it around, and wins the game after Medvedev fails to return one of his two-handed backhands. Hadal wins the second after 48 minutes and is one set from his 19th Grand Slam.
Nadal 7-5, 5-3 Medvedev
Medvedev holds to love, in what has been a brilliant statement from the Russian. He is not going down without a fight.
Nadal 7-5, 5-2 Medvedev
Nadal wins the first point, and for the second successive point, he dinks the ball naughtily. Medvedev replies back with a powerful forehand to make it 30-15. Nadal doesn't let anything else distract him as he bags the game after two straight points and moves closer to winning his second set.
Nadal 7-5, 4-2 Medvedev
Nadal is applying is all sorts of power behind his forehands now. He makes it 30-0 from Medvedev's serve. But, what a point from Medvedev, whose instinctive pull hits the net and drops just short of an approaching Nadal. A big rally, and Nadal makes it 15-40, and the point after that, Nadal breaks!
Nadal 7-5, 3-2 Medvedev
Nadal resumes his serve and brings back normal business, taking a 30-0 lead. Medvedev takes one point, and in an attempt to win another two, his two unforced errors hand Nadal another game.