I fought like hell, says US Open runner-up Medvedev

2019 U.S. Open men’s final: Rafael Nadal seeks 19th Grand Slam title

2019 U.S. Open men’s final: Rafael Nadal seeks 19th Grand Slam title

And so he did, because Nadal double-faulted on break point after he was docked a serve for his third time violation of the evening, which elicited loud boos from folks in the stands.

Nadal's age as of the last day of the tournament, making him the second-oldest man in the Open Era to win the US Open, after Rosewall, who was 35 years, 315 days old when he won the title in 1970.

The U.S. Open final is headed to a fifth set.

Daniil Medvedev once revelled in his role as the villain of Flushing Meadows but on Sunday the Russian completed his transformation to unlikely hero after taking Rafa Nadal the distance in a pulsating US Open final.

A video was played in Arthur Ashe after the final, with each of Nadal's grand slam titles featured in an emotional tribute.

Nadal has won the U.S. Open three times, with his most recent victory in 2017.

But after the intense first set and seemingly routine second, Medvedev came out to play.

Through the first two sets Medvedev had committed 29 unforced errors, to 17 for Nadal.

"I'll definitely remember it", Medvedev said, "even when I'm, like, 70 years old".

Medvedev won the third set 7-5.

Nadal had won more than 200 matches for just one defeat after establishing two- set leads during his glittering career.

Medvedev reached the final of four consecutive hard-court tournaments to move into the top five in the rankings, with his performance at Flushing Meadows his best by far in a major. After Nadal took advantage of his first break chance in the third set, for a 3-1 lead, Medvedev fought his way back and held for a 5-4 lead. A win today would lift him to a 19th career major title, pulling within one of Roger Federer atop the all-time leaderboard. Here's what you should know about the men's final; follow along for live updates from the match. Bianca Andreescu also complained that the crowd noise in the women's final prevented her from being able to hear herself think, so maybe Nadal had a similar issue.

Imagine this a week ago: US Open fans going insane for Daniil Medvedev.

The emotion of the occasion - and a highlight reel of his slam wins that played inside the stadium after he claimed match point - overwhelmed the Spanish star and tears rolled down his cheeks in a touching moment. Medvedev was playing his first-ever major final with his previous best Slam result being the fourth round in Melbourne earlier this season.

Medvedev was playing in his first Grand Slam final.

It took a supreme effort from the Spanish maestro, who almost became the first player to drop the final after leading by two sets since Ted Schroeder in 1949 before winning a near five-hour thriller.