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US Open: Nadal beats Medvedev to win 19th Grand Slam title

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Rafael Nadal emerged champion of the US Open following an incredible fightback against Daniil Medvedev in the final on Sunday night.

Spain’s Nadal won 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 in New York to lift his 19th Grand Slam title.

The 33-year-old clinched the thrilling win in four hours and 50 minutes – just four minutes shorter than the longest US Open final.

Nadal’s victory moves him within one of Roger Federer’s all-time leading tally of Grand Slam victories – 20.

“It has been one of the most emotional nights in my tennis career,” Nadal said holding back tears.

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“It has been an amazing final. It has been a crazy match.”

“This trophy means everything to me today.

“Personal satisfaction of the way that I resisted all these tough moments is very high.

“The emotions have been there watching all the success, all the moments that came to my mind in that moment. Yeah, I tried to hold the emotion, but some moments was impossible.”

Nadal has now won four titles at Flushing Meadows, and 19 Grand Slams in total.

He is three Grand Slams ahead of Novak Djokovic and just one behind Federer.

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