Rafael Nadal (284721)
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If Rafael Nadal and or tennis fans thought that his US Open semi-finals match against 24-seed Matteo Berrettinni on Friday night would have been harder, more competive, we were all mistaken. It got easier after the first set, an 8-6 tie-break, a 7-6 set for Nadal.

Nadal, now a 19-time Grand Slam winner preceded to dominate Berrettinni in sets two and three, 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the finals on Sunday against Russian Daniil Medvedev, seeded 5. Nadal, seeded 2, continued his win streak of sets, 7-5, 6-3 until Medvedev took sets three and four, 7-5 and 6-4 in one of the most exciting and longest matches of this season’s US Open.

The fifth set was incredible, a classic battle by both players, at the end, taken by Nadal, 6-to-4, lasting 65-minutes. He wins 3-sets to 2.

Nadal, 33, ten years older than his opponent, was impressed and extremely complimentary of Medvedev’s play. He made note of Medvedev’s ability to take over and win the second and third sets.

“The way he was able to fight, and control the rhythm of the match,” Nadal specifically noted, was essential to them both making this final as competitive and as thrilling as it was, down to the last point.

“The way that the match became very dramatic at the end, that makes this day unforgettable, part of my history of this sport,” Nadal specifically stated.

Each player fought with all that they had, neither let up, quit as those in the stadium remained attentive to every shot and every point scored. It was the longest match of the entire tournament, 4-hours and 50-minutes. Climatic, everyone got their monies worth.

Medvedev, the runner-up, was even applauded, appreciatively for his performance. He’d been boo’d earlier last week for a code violation, for snatching a towel out of a ball person’s hand. He threw his racket in the direction of the chair umpire, and was also seen displaying his middle finger.

“I was fighting for every point,” said Medvedev, about his play in the final. “I think they appreciated it.” He appreciated the applause. “I’m thankful to them.”

This was Nadal’s fourth US Open championship win. His first was in 2010. Before Sunday, his last win was in 2017.

In order to reach this summer’s Open finals, Nadal, from Spain, defeated John Millman 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in Round 1. Thanasi Kokkinakis retired in Round 2. He beat Hyeon Chung 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to take Round 3.

For Nadal, Round 4, the Round of 16 was a little harder. Marin Čilić, from Croatia, ranked 22nd, took him to four sets winning the second 6-3. Nadal had won the first, also 6-3, the third, 6-1 and the fourth, 6-2.

Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, ranked 20th, went down 6-4, 6-5 and 6-2 in the quarterfinals advancing Nadal to the semifinals on Friday against Berrettini from Italy, ranked 24th, and then Medvedev to spectacularly end this year’s US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York.

Nadal took home the winner’s check totaling $3,850,000. Medvedev, the runner-up received $1,900,000. US Open prizes are the richest checks written in this sport.

The Complete 2019 US Open List of Champions –

Men’s Singles: Rafael Nadal from Spain. Women’s Singles: Canadian Bianca ANDREESCU.

Men’s Doubles: Colombians Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah. Women’s Doubles: Elise Mertens and Belarus Aryna Sabalenka from Belgium.

Mixed Doubles: Bethanie Mattek-Sands, the United States. Jamie Murray, the United Kingdom.

Boys’ Singles: Jonáš Forejtek of the Czech Republic. Girls’ Singles: María Camila Osorio Serrano from Columbia

Boys’ Doubles: Eliot Spizzirri and Tyler Zink of the United States. Girls’ Doubles: Latvia Kamilla Bartone and Oksana Selekhmeteva from Russia.

Wheelchair Men’s Singles: Alfie Hewett of the United Kingdom. Wheelchair Women’s Singles: Diede de Groot from the Netherlands.

Wheelchair Quad Singles: Andrew Lapthorne, the United Kingdom. Wheelchair Quad Doubles: Australian Dylan Alcott and Andrew Lapthorn, the United Kingdom.

Wheelchair Men’s Doubles: Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid from the United Kingdom. Wheelchair Women’s Doubles: Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot, both from the Netherlands.