How do I begin? Well, let’s just say that I am thrilled to bits and absolutely speechless after witnessing the great Rafael Nadal pocket another Grand Slam title; his 4th US Open crown and 19th overall. He’s now just one shy of Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slams. And still, with a few more years up his sleeve, I personally believe he can overtake Roger. Anyways, coming back to the match, Nadal was up against first-time finalist Daniil Medvedev. The Russian had been in red hot form up until now, and Rafa knew he was in for a tough contest.
Nadal vs Medvedev
And as predicted, it was a thrilling affair between the Spaniard and the Russian. Nadal begun in fine fashion and took the opening two sets off Medvedev 7-5, 6-3. It was not easy at all and Rafa had to play his best tennis, which he most certainly did. But Medvedev did not give up and fought hard, real hard. His fighting spirit helped him make a sterling comeback as he took the next two sets 7-5, 6-4 against the World No.2! The match was intensifying and people were on the edge of their seats, literally. Momentum was surely with Daniil, as the match headed into a fifth and final set. But Rafa couldn’t be counted out because he had a bagful of experience on his side.
Thrilling Five Set Final
If the first four sets were gripping and power packed tennis, the fifth and final set was the icing on the cake. A total of approximately 65 minutes were taken to finally decide a winner, but above all the talking point fell upon a controversial umpiring decision where Rafa was penalised for taking very long to serve; not once but twice. Anyone’s spirits would dampen after such crucial decisions, but Nadal held his nerve and took the fifth set 6-4 to capture his 19th Grand Slam title.
Twitter Reacts To The US Open Final
An enthralling final that lasted for about five hours surely took twitter by storm. Celebrities from all over tweeted their views about one of the best US Open finals ever. Here’s what some of them had to say.
Fellow Spaniard and Manchester United’s goalkeeper David De Gea was in awe of El Toro.
2009 US Open winner Juan Martin Del Porto congratulated both players for an incredible final.
Real Madrid defender and Spanish international Sergio Ramos tweeted this.
2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens had something to say about one of the greatest finals ever.
The 2019 US Open Men’s final was absolutely one of the best finals I’ve witnessed. Breathtaking long rallies, crisp backhands and forehands, and above all quality tennis was on display at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nadal pocketed his 19th Slam, and Medvedev despite coming second best, would be proud of the fight he showed. Rafa is one of the greatest tennis players to have every played the sport while Daniil has potential to become of the best. Moreover, the king of clay surely can be called the king of America, don’t you think?
The 5 hours of unreal tennis played by Daniil and Rafael was something every tennis fan will cherish for the rest of their lives; me included. Oh tennis, I love you! (: