Rafael Nadal won the US Open in the night from Sunday to Monday. The Spaniard settled in a thrilling final full of spectacular rallies with the Russian Daniil Medvedev and thus captured the nineteenth Grand Slam title in his career.

33-year-old Nadal was too strong in five sets for Medvedev, ten years younger, who was in a Grand Slam final for the first time: 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6 and 6-4. The match on the hard court in New York took almost five hours.

The second placed Nadal won the US Open for the fourth time. Earlier, the born Mallorcan took the title at Flushing Meadows in 2010, 2013 and 2017. Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer are record holders in the open era with five US Open titles.

With his nineteenth Grand Slam title, Nadal is one tournament victory away from Federer's record. The Swiss, who surprisingly lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals of the US Open, has long been the record holder with twenty titles and won a Grand Slam tournament for the last time at the Australian Open last year.

Nadal owes his high number of Grand Slam titles mainly to his dominance over Roland Garros. He won the tournament in Paris no less than twelve times, including this year. He won Wimbledon twice and the Australian Open once.

Rafael Nadal won the US Open for the fourth time in his career. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Medvedev previously not loved by the American public

Medvedev never got further than the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament until the US Open. In the run-up to the tournament in New York, he did win the Masters tournament in Cincinnati, making him rise to fifth place in the world ranking. Thanks to his final spot in New York, he climbs to fourth place on Monday.

Earlier during the US Open, Medvedev was not particularly popular with the American public. In his third-round match against Feliciano López, he behaved himself against a ball boy, smashed his racket and showed the public his middle finger.

About a month ago, Nadal and Medvedev also faced each other in the final of the Masters tournament in Montreal. Then the world's number five won only three games. This time he made it much more difficult for Nadal and made the first break of the game in the third game.

Daniil Medvedev forced Rafael Nadal to the limit. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Nadal takes the lead of two sets

Nadal did not get upset and immediately restored the balance. Medvedev, the first Russian in a Grand Slam final since Marat Safin at the 2005 Australian Open, then kept pace with the Spaniard, but in the twelfth game he again lost his service and also the set.

In the second company, Medvedev missed out on a break in the opening game and survived four break points in the fourth game. Nadal, who had an answer to almost everything in the long rallies, struck two games later and did not give up that lead anymore.

Nadal seemed on his way to a fairly simple win when he took a break in the fifth game of the third set, but Medvedev did not give up. The 1.98-meter-long Russian broke back immediately and took advantage of his second set point on the service of the global number two after a number of wonderful changes of strokes in the twelfth game.

Rafael Nadal now has nineteen Grand Slam titles on his list of achievements. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Medvedev forces fifth set after nice comeback

Medvedev continued to play well in the fourth company and lost a break chance in the second game. At 2-2, the number five on the placement list himself survived two breakpoints, after which he struck Nadal's service with a beautiful return and balanced the score.

In the deciding set, Nadal eliminated no fewer than three breakpoints in his first service game. Medvedev, who was treated a moment later due to cramps on his thigh, subsequently lost his service twice and was 2-5 behind.

Nadal was allowed to serve for the title, but due to a double error, he surrendered his storage. A game later, Medvedev survived two match points at his own service, after which he still had to surrender in the tenth game and Nadal did the chore on his third match point.