Rafael Nadal wins U.S. Open to claim his 19th Grand Slam title

Rafael Nadal wins U.S. Open to claim his 19th Grand Slam title
New York: Nadal holds on for a five-set victory against Daniil Medvedev and is now one major championship away from tying Roger Federer’s record.

Rafael Nadal defeated Daniil Medvedev in an epic five-set match, 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 to win the men's singles title at the 2019 US Open. It was Nadal's 19th Grand Slam singles title, and fourth US Open title.

Exhausted, overjoyed and relieved, the second-seeded Nadal needed every bit of his fighter’s spirit to overcome No. 5 Daniil Medvedev.

With Sunday's victory, Nadal is just behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, with 19. Novak Djokovic, the youngest of the 'Big Three' at 32-years-old, has a total of 16. Nadal also passed Djokovic with a fourth US Open title and is now one shy of Federer's record five.

"Tennis is more than Grand Slams," Nadal said after his win. "I feel honored to be part of this battle. All the things that I achieved in my career are much more than what I ever thought and what I ever dreamed."

Fifth-seeded Medvedev, 23, came up short in the first Grand Slam final appearance of his career.

Entering Sunday's championship match, Nadal was 25-1 in his last 26 Grand Slam finals when he wins the first set. Nadal and Medvedev had previously faced each other once, prior to their meeting in Queens. Nadal won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0 at the Rogers Cup final in August.