Rafael Nadal, who battled past an inspired Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 in a thrilling final to claim his fourth U.S. Open crown, termed this night as one of the most emotional ones of his tennis career and also thanked the audience for their support.
Already the King of Clay, the Spaniard has been a master of the Flushing Meadows hard courts this New York fortnight but he had to dig mighty deep to beat the Russian and bring his Grand Slam career tally to 19, just one behind Swiss Federer.
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.
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“This has been an amazing final.
“First word that I have is to Daniil. His summer is one of the best summers I’ve ever seen since I’ve been playing.
“Tonight, everybody saw why he is the number four player in the world at just 23 years old. Many congratulations for everything. The way that he was able to fight, to change the rhythm of the match was just incredible. All the very best for the future, I am sure you will have many more chances to win here.
“It has been one of the most emotional nights of my tennis career. Thank you very, very much, everybody in this stadium. It’s been amazing energy during both weeks. I think there isn’t another stadium in the world that is more energetic than this one so many thanks for everything.”
“This victory means a lot, especially the way the match became so difficult, so tough.” “The nerves were so high after having the match under control. It was a crazy match.
“I don’t know. I’m just emotional.”