Nadal after US Open title: “Medvedev Forced me to the Limit.” An incredible final. Tonight everyone has seen what my opponent has in store.
That is what the emotional Spaniard Rafael Nadal said after winning the US Open, his 19th grand slam title.
He immediately announced that he would return to New York in 2020 to defend his title.
“The way he played a game forced me to the limit.
Without the energy in this stadium, I would not have made it,” said Nadal.
Losing finalist, Daniil Medvedev received ovation applause from the audience.
He mentioned Nadal as an example for 100 million children who play tennis.
“After the two lost sets, I thought I’d get rid of them in three sets.
Somehow I found the energy and got the courage to fight back from the audience,” Medvedev said.
Nadal now needs a grand slam title to match Roger Federer’s record.
He won the title in New York for the fourth time in his career.
The 33-year-old Spaniard remained in the final, the ten-year-younger Russian by a character in five sets: 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4.
The game lasted 4 hours and 49 minutes.
‘Rafa’ previously won the top prize in New York in 2010, 2013 and 2017.