Daniil Medvedev proud of US Open performance in Rafael Nadal defeat

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 13, 2019

Bianca Andreescu, a 19-year-old Canadian, won the U.S. Open on Saturday to become the first woman born in the 2000s to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Sunday's teeth-grinding five setter, which he could have ended way before its eventual four hours and 50 minutes duration, proved to everyone - including the victor - that, at 33, he has the will to continue. (My) personal satisfaction the way that I resisted all these tough moments is very high. Since he won the first of his 19 majors - at Roland Garros, where he would win another 11 and where he surely will be favourite for as long as he wants - he has lived in Federer's shadow.

Mats Wilander, the seven-times Major victor, was positing the opinion after the match that one by-product of this fortnight is that Roger Federer may now be energised to compete hard until he is at least 40. Even when he loses they love him still.

That is where Nadal and Federer will next convene, although the Spaniard's itinerary for the rest of the year is unconfirmed because he is getting married in October. And when the Russian had break points at the start of the fifth set, Nadal saw the danger signals.

Nadal says he wants to finish his career at No. 1 in the Grand Slam standings - ahead of Federer and Novak Djokovic, looming in third place now with 16 - but also insists he won't base his happiness on how it all shakes out in the end. Nadal prevailed because he had seen it all before, however demanding the struggle became. Having goaded the fans by telling them their energy made him win in the earlier rounds, he cupped his ear to them in the trophy ceremony, and told them their energy made him fight like hell.

After four hours and 50 minutes of spellbinding tennis, the Spaniard had just rallied to beat Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 to lift his fourth US Open title and his 19th career grand slam. Very tough mentally and physically, too.

"I'm sure all of us are fighting our best to try to make this transition".

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For once reference to the crowd was not fatuous.

Medvedev, for all the powers of recuperation that were on display in NY, is now 0-5 in five-setters. Medvedev then stole Nadal in the 12th game of the third set to prevent a tiebreak. "But it's clear that losing a Grand Slam final hurts", said fellow coach Carlos Moya, who was on hand to witness his pupil fight off multiple break points and a hard-charging Medvedev in dramatic fashion down the stretch.

"I mean, was fantastic match". It's an fantastic story. I mean, he had a terrific summer. "Yeah, I tried to hold the emotion, but some moments was impossible".

And there he nailed it. "We have already been through these types of matches and [on Sunday] we had to win".

Although he has not won a significant since January 2018, the Swiss was inside of one particular position of a report ninth Wimbledon title in July and has set his sights on much more glory in the coming yrs. But he is young enough for such a score not to unsettle his confidence or self-belief. This guy who, 10 days ago, was the great pro-wrestling heel, the villain of the tournament, was really given a warm sendoff. But Nadal did not fold.

He recognised in Medvedev not just the tennis qualities of Federer and Djokovic but the extra ingredient it takes to be different from the others. A delightful drop shot two points later got Nadal to championship point and he converted after the fifth seed sent one final return long, ending one of the great major finals in recent history. "Just well done for him. Because even if you are in a negative dynamic, you know from your experience and you really believe that you can have your chance in the fifth".

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