Daniil Medvedev reveals Rafael Nadal conversation after thrilling US Open final

Daniil Medvedev played in a memorable first Grand Slam final against Rafael Nadal

Daniil Medvedev played in a memorable first Grand Slam final against Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal's 19th Grand Slam trophy went from inevitable to suddenly in doubt in a thrill-a-minute U.S. Open final.

Two games later, Medvedev was in huge trouble after Nadal fired a backhand for which the Russian had no response for to bring up two break points, converting on the first after sizzling a forehand for a 4-2 lead.

"Federer will attempt to quit Nadal, it will really encourage the Swiss to participate in for at the very least two more a long time".

In fact, since Stan Wawrinka's 2016 US Open title, the "Big Three" have won every single Grand Slam, with Nadal winning five, Djokovic clinching four and Federer pocketing three.

"Has been one of the most emotional nights in my tennis career", Nadal said.

CHANG: OK, so Nadal's latest Grand Slam title puts him - what? - just one behind his rival Roger Federer for most Grand Slam titles ever.

But this one did not come easily.

Less than a month ago, Medvedev won the 2019 ATP Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, defeating David Goffin of Belgium in the final in straight sets 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

"To be honest in my mind, I was already thinking, 'What do I say in the speech, it's going to be in 20 minutes", Medvedev said. "What do I say?" Medvedev's generation will play best-of-five sets only in the Grand Slam tournaments.

"The nerves were so high", Nadal said.

Medvedev saved two championship points to force Nadal to serve it out, and nearly wrecked his moment again, having a break point, but the final moment would be the Spaniard's, saving the break point and converting his third match point for an emotional finish to one of the longest finals at the US Open.

I went out there I gave everything I could and I'm proud of myself.    Daniil Medvedev
I went out there I gave everything I could and I'm proud of myself. Daniil Medvedev

And yet the tension was real. Medvedev had been down two sets to nothing but almost came all the way back, winning the next two sets, and forcing a decisive fifth set.

The way this back-and-forth tale was spun, though, it probably was inevitable that Medvedev would break there. He broke when Nadal served for the match at 5-2, and had another chance to break in the final game before Nadal finally closed it out. Here's a list of four players to watch out for for the rest of the season & going into the new season and are likely to be a force to reckon with in the years to come.

Nadal screamed and fell to the court on his back in joy and exhaustion.

"What he went through during the match and still being able to survive and finish the match that way, it's out of this world", said one of Nadal's coaches, Carlos Moya.

With Djokovic having an impressive record at Australia, as well as beginning to feel equally welcome in Wimbledon's Centre Court, the pressure now is more on Federer to try and stay ahead of them.

Overall, ESPN will certainly be happy with the performance of the US Open. He's also the first man to win five majors after turning 30. This was not one of Nadal's usual measuring sticks: not Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka.

This particular match ended the way he wanted it to. "But this is definitely the most significant, especially when you take into consideration factors like the speed of the surface".

"Some of the balls he was getting to were incredible", Nadal said. He alternated serve-and-volley rushes with a penchant for out-hitting Nadal at the baseline.

It also preserved the Big Three's logic-defying dominance. "The way that he fought, the way that he played, is a champion way", Nadal said.

Or, as he noted during the trophy ceremony, pulling for more bang for the bucks they spent on tickets.

Meanwhile, Medvedev said the energy of the NY crowd helped instigate his stunning fightback that saw him fall just short against Nadal.

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