Nadal Wins U.S. Open

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Rafael Nadal is the U.S. Open champion and a 19-time Grand Slam winner after enduring a nearly five-hour match against Daniil Medvedev.

The second-seeded Nadal squandered a two-sets-to-love lead before holding off the No. 5 seed, 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 victory in 4 hours, 50 minutes.

Down by two sets and 3-2 in the third, Medvedev shifted styles, upped his level against a rattled Nadal, and even received an unexpected boost from Arthur Ashe Stadium spectators.

Only once before had Nadal lost a Grand Slam match after taking the opening two sets.

It's the fourth U.S. Open title for Nadal.

Add that to 12 at the French Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open, and Nadal is now only one major trophy behind Roger Federer for the most by a man in tennis history.