Nadal wins 19th Slam title by edging five-set US Open thriller

  • Monday 09, September 2019 08:23 AM
  • Nadal wins 19th Slam title by edging five-set US Open thriller
Sharjah24 – AFP: Delivering one of his most dramatic major final performances, Rafael Nadal captured his 19th career Grand Slam title Sunday by winning his fourth US Open, outlasting Russia's Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4.
The 33-year-old Spanish left-hander moved one shy of Roger Federer's all-time men's record 20 Grand Slam triumphs and became the second-oldest New York champion in the Open era after Ken Rosewall in 1970 at age 35.

"Has been one of the most emotional nights in my tennis career," Nadal said.

A video tribute in the wake of his gritty triumph moved Nadal to tears.

"The way that the match became very dramatic at the end, that makes this day unforgettable," Nadal said.

"Watching all the success, all the moments that came to my mind, I tried to hold the emotion, but some moments was impossible."

It took a supreme effort from the Spanish maestro, who nearly became the first player to drop the final after leading by two sets since Ted Schroeder in 1949 before winning a near five-hour thriller.