In a big, huge, earth-shattering YIEW: Rafael Nadal has claimed his fourth US Open title after defeating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in an absolutely thrilling five sets.
The Spaniard took the win 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in four hours and 49 minutes, holding out even after Medvedev came for him in the third and fourth.
WHAT. A. MATCH.
— ESPN (@espn) September 9, 2019
This is Nadal’s 19th Grand Slam victory, meaning he’s just one behind Roger Federer‘s all-time major title record.
In short, the king was emotional as hell especially because officials decided to chuck a montage of Rafa’s Grand Slam wins on the big screen. And so now I’m sobbing at my desk.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 9, 2019
Rafael Nadal, visibly emotional as he watches all 19 of his majors that he won on the big screen.
He has been through so much, from injuries to personal struggle.
— sagar patil (@i_amssp) September 9, 2019
Also, bless Medvedev for saying: “If I would have won what would they show [on the big screen]?”
During the trophy presentation Rafa described the clash as an “amazing final”, and praised 23-year-old Medvedev for making me shit my pants on numerous occasions throughout the match.
“The way that he was able to fight, to change the rhythm of the match was just incredible,” Rafa said. “Well done to you, well done to your great team you have there and all the very best for your future. I’m sure you’ll have many more chances to win here.”
“[It’s] difficult to speak. It’s been one of the most emotional nights in my tennis career,” he continued. “With all of the support, it’s just been amazing.”
Normally Nadal likes to thank his fans at the very end of his speech but this time, he thanked them first.
“Thank you very, very much everybody in this stadium. [You] have all amazing energy … it’s just been incredible and it’s been a pleasure and an honour to play in front of you in this amazing stadium.”
And then, while wiping away tears, Rafa explained why the “victory is so important to me.”
“The way that the match became so difficult, so tough – was able to hold and then the nerves, the nerves were so high after having the match almost under control and then 5-2, 5-4, break point, it was a crazy match. And, I don’t know, I just, I’m emotional.”
“I hope to see you all next year,” he said.
A champion for the ages and a true legend of the sport.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2019
To conclude: Spanish King Rafael Nadal is my new wallpaper.Image: Getty Images / USA TODAY