TENNIS-Nadal defies inspired Medvedev in five-set epic to win U.S. Open


Rafa Nadal survived a heroic Daniil Medvedev fightback to claim an epic 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 win and a fourth U.S. Open title on Sunday (September 8), moving within one Grand Slam crown of matching Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20.

A routine end to the Flushing Meadows fortnight looked on the cards when Nadal went two sets and a break-up but the final turned into a near five-hour thriller as Medvedev staged a comeback that left the Spaniard shaken and Arthur Ashe Stadium buzzing.

The 33-year-old lefthander became the second oldest U.S. Open champion in the professional era behind Australian Ken Rosewall, who was 35 when he lifted the title in 1970.