Daniil Medvedev completes journey from villain to hero at US Open

039;The way you are playing is a big joke. It is very tough to play against you,' US Open's official website quoted Medvedev as saying

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point against Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation in the men's final match on day fourteen of the 2019 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Medvedev held easily to start the fifth set and then held two break points against Nadal's serve in the next game.

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

Medvedev, who had never previously made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam, became the player fans loved to hate when he angrily snatched a towel from a ballperson in his third round match and showed the crowd his middle finger. The young athlete has five ATP singles finals to his name.

The King of Clay, was at his majestic best as he kept his cool and defeated Medvedev of Russian Federation in a thrilling final to win his fourth US Open title.

The win is his 19th Grand Slam and first non-clay major since winning the 2017 US Open. He beat the Swiss ace in the finals at French Open and for the first time at Wimbledon.

He said that while he was honoured to be part of the battle to be crowned the greatest of all time, and thrilled if it attracted more fans to the game, he would still sleep well if he comes up short.

"I know I have to leave my heart out there for them".

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"The only thing I can say is the energy you're giving me right now, I think it will be enough for my five next matches". Here's a complete break-up of the duo's Grand Slam victories in terms of years.

This is Rafael fourth U.S. Open win and 19th Grand Slam.

A few minutes earlier, no one was laughing as Nadal got a time violation for taking too long to serve and was broken while serving for the championship. The 23-year-old Russian was down two sets and a break in the third set to Nadal before he changed tactics and launched an adventurous push-back that included him saving two championship points, but in the end, he couldn't tame the beast.

Hearing of Medvedev's praise, Nadal responded: "Always is handsome to hear nice things from your colleagues". Nadal's feat ties him with Djokovic and Emerson for second on the list in men's tennis, behind Federer, who has won multiple majors in six years. Nadal was up a break of a serve in the third, then later had two break points to serve for the match in that set.

"I play to be happy. [You] have all fantastic energy ... it's just been incredible and it's been a pleasure and an honour to play in front of you in this wonderful stadium".

The Spaniard pocketed the $3,850,000 (£3.14m) for winning his fourth US Open, but where does that take his career earnings?

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