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Rafael Nadal is the US Open champion (Image: GETTY)

Rafael Nadal is the US Open champion for the fourth time after a thrilling five-set win over Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev made the better start to the match, breaking Nadal to lead 2-1 but the Spanish star broke back immediately and struck again to win the set 7-5.

Midway through the second set, Nadal’s relentless tennis broke down Medvedev’s defences to lead 4-2 and more huge hitting allowed 33-year-old to take a two-set lead.

In the third set, Nadal broke to lead 3-2 but Medvedev found a second wind to break back and then stun the crowd by winning the set 7-5 and then in fourth set, the Russian’s level grew as he rocked the second seed with an incredible backhand return winner to force a fifth set.

And in the final set, Nadal served for the match at 5-2 and was broken as Medvedev threatened another comeback but on his fifth championship point, Nadal sealed his 19th Grand Slam title.

RAFAEL NADAL VS DANIIL MEDVEDEV AS IT HAPPENED

FIFTH SET (*denotes server)

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 MEDVEDEV

Four hours and 42 minutes gone. Nadal serving for the championship again.

Nadal backhand into the net, 0-15. Medvedev leaves a backhand from Nadal and it drops in, 15-15. Nadal forehand long, 15-30.

Big Nadal serve, Medvedev nets the return, 30-30. Nadal mis-hit forehand flies out, break point. Big Nadal forehand and it draws the error from Medvedev, deuce.

Nadal drop shot winner, third championship point. Medvedev return is out. GAME. SET. MATCH NADAL. What an astonishing tennis match.

NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 5-4 MEDVEDEV*

Nadal backhand winner, 15-15. Medvedev backhand slice into the net, 15-30. Nadal backhand into the net, 30-30.

Nadal drop volley winner, championship point. Medvedev backhand winner. Deuce. Second championship point Nadal. 

Nadal forehand return into the net. Medvedev lives to fight another day. What a match.

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 5-3 MEDVEDEV

Nadal forehand winner, 15-0. Nadal double fault, 15-15. Another incredible point between the two players and off-balance, Medvedev puts a forehand wide, 30-15.

Nadal forehand long, 30-30. Nadal backhand into the tramlines, break point. Another time violation for Nadal. Second serve for Nadal and he double faults. Wow.

NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 5-2 MEDVEDEV*

Nadal drop shot, break point. Medvedev smash long. Nadal one set away from history.

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 4-2 MEDVEDEV

Nadal races to 40-0. Then inexplicably nets a volley. But he makes up for it with a backhand volley winner after a tremendous rally.

NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 3-2 MEDVEDEV*

Medvedev races 40-0. Then puts a forehand long. And then a backhand into the net. 

Big Nadal return. Deuce. Break point Nadal after Medvedev backhand into the net. Medvedev ace. Medvedev backhand into the net. Break point. Nadal breaks with a backhand winner. 

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 2-2 MEDVEDEV

Nadal smash winner, 30-15. Stunning Nadal forehand winner, 40-15.

Medvedev forehand just out. Game Nadal. 

NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 1-2 MEDVEDEV*

Medvedev drop volley, 30-15. Big serve, 40-15. Double fault, 40-30. Medvedev volley winner.

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 1-1 MEDVEDEV

Medvedev backhand return winner, 0-30. Medvedev in full attack mode with his forehand and he gets two break points.

Nadal saves both. Nadal volley wide, break point Medvedev. Time violation for Nadal, He loses a first serve. But he saves break point.

Medvedev volley long. Big Nadal serve down the T. He holds.

NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 0-1 MEDVEDEV*

Medvedev forehand winner, 30-15. Medvedev smash winner, 40-15. Nadal forehand long. Medvedev holds.

FOURTH SET

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 MEDVEDEV

Nadal forehand into the net, 40-30. Medvedev forehand winner, deuce.

Nadal forehand wide, set point Medvedev. MEDVEDEV BACKHAND RETURN WINNER DOWN THE LINE. PHENOMENAL.

NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-5 MEDVEDEV*

Nerveless serving from Medvedev. He cracks a tenth ace of the match to hold. Don’t forget this is Medvedev’s first Grand Slam final.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal hits a backhand (Image: GETTY)

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-4 MEDVEDEV

Another love hold for Nadal.

NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 3-4 MEDVEDEV*

Big Medvedev serve, 30-30. Nadal defensive lob is just out, 40-30. Unbelievable forehand winner from Medvedev.

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 3-3 MEDVEDEV

Nadal holds again. The match is just simmering at the moment. When will it take off again?

NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 2-3 MEDVEDEV*

Nadal break point as Medvedev nets a backhand, 30-40. Nadal return wide. Deuce. Medvedev volley winner. Executing like a peak Pat Rafter.

Medvedev backhand long, break point. Great Medvedev backhand down the line gets the error from Nadal. And he hangs on.

Three hours and 24 minutes this match so far.

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 2-2 MEDVEDEV

Ace from Nadal to hold to love.

NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 1-2 MEDVEDEV*

Incredible lob by Nadal, 15-30. Nadal backhand return into the net, 40-30. And again. Medvedev holds.

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 1-1 MEDVEDEV

Double fault from Nadal on the opening point. Nadal forehand into the net, 30-40. Tight backhand into the net from Medvedev.

Nadal backhand winner up the line. And an ace to hold. We have a match on our hands now.

NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 0-1 MEDVEDEV*

Medvedev volley winner, 40-0. But Nadal pulls him back to deuce with a forehand winner. Medvedev backhand winner on the run. And he holds. The crowd is going wild for the Russian. 

THIRD SET

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-7 MEDVEDEV

Nadal forehand into the net, 0-30. Three break points after an incredible Medvedev forehand winner. Nadal saves the first.

Medvedev backhand winner down the line. Amazing. Jaw-dropping tennis.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal took a two set lead (Image: GETTY)

NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-6 MEDVEDEV*

Medvedev ace, 30-0. Medvedev volley winner. The crowd are chanting the Russian. What is happening?!

Medvedev ace. Amazing game.

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 5-5 MEDVEDEV

Nadal holds to love. Now to apply more pressure on Medvedev.

NADAL 7-5 6-3 4-5 MEDVEDEV*

Awful volley from Medvedev, 0-30. He responds with an exquisite backhand down the line. Then a smash winner.

A sensational rally ends with Medvedev netting a forehand on the run, 30-40. Medvedev smash winner. 

Nadal’s forehand up the line is too hot for Medvedev, break point Nadal. Nadal smash into the net after another grueling rally.

Flying Medvedev backhand winner. And he holds with yet another smash winner.

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 4-4 MEDVEDEV

Medvedev backhand into the net. Looked very tired on that shot. 40-0. Nadal holds again.

NADAL 7-5 6-3 3-4 MEDVEDEV*

Magical drop shot from Medvedev, 40-15. Serve and volley winner from Medvedev. Fabolous comeback.

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 3-3 MEDVEDEV

Lovely Medvedev backhand, 0-30. Nadal double fault, two break points for Medvedev. Serve and volley winner from Nadal. Deuce.

Nadal smash wide, another break point for Medvedev. Nadal backhand long, Medvedev breaks.

NADAL 7-5 6-3 3-2 MEDVEDEV*

Medvedev forehand winner, 30-15. But Nadal hits back with one of his own, 30-30. Wild Medvedev forehand, break point Nadal.

Medvedev backhand into the net. Nadal breaks.

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 2-2 MEDVEDEV

Nadal levels the set again with a smash winner. Medvedev’s reluctance to get to the net proving costly again.

NADAL 7-5 6-3 1-2 MEDVEDEV*

Rapid service hold from the Russian. Stays in front in the third set.

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 1-1 MEDVEDEV

Nadal holds to 30 after Medvedev’s forehand return is long. The Spaniard is ticking off the games.

NADAL 7-5 6-3 0-1 MEDVEDEV*

Important hold to 15 from Medvedev. Two hours gone in this match.

SECOND SET

*NADAL 7-5 6-3 MEDVEDEV

Nadal backhand into the net, 15-30. Medvedev forehand long, set point Nadal. And he takes it as Medvedev’s defensive slice goes long. A mountain to climb now.

NADAL 7-5 4 5-3 MEDVEDEV*

Some relief for Medvedev as he holds to love. Can stop Nadal taking a two-set lead?

*NADAL 7-5 5-2 MEDVEDEV

Medvedev forehand winner, 30-15. But a backhand long allows Nadal to consolidate the break.

NADAL 7-5 4-2 MEDVEDEV*

Defensive Medvedev forehand into the net, 0-30. Huge slice of luck as a Medvedev half volley clips the net and drops on Nadal’s side.

Nadal turns defence into attack and Medvedev puts a backhand wide, two break points. Medvedev backhand into the net. Nadal breaks.

*NADAL 7-5 3-2 MEDVEDEV

Nadal forehand wide, 30-15. But he stays in front when Medvedev puts a backhand long.

NADAL 7-5 2-2 MEDVEDEV*

Bad game from Medvedev. Wild forehand hands Nadal three break points. Medvedev saves the first with a great volley. Medvedev forehand winner, 30-40.

Medvedev backhand winner. Deuce. Medvedev forehand long, break point. Nadal smash long. And he miraculously holds again.

*NADAL 7-5 2-1 MEDVEDEV

Nadal forehand into the net, 30-30. Nadal ace, 40-30. Terrific wide serve from Nadal. Great accuracy.

NADAL 7-5 1-1 MEDVEDEV*

Huge Medvedev forehand down the line, 30-15. Then a volley winner, 40-15. Good composure from Medvedev to keep his serve.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal prepares to hit a backhand slice (Image: GETTY)

*NADAL 7-5 1-0 MEDVEDEV

Medvedev nets a backhand on a break point. Poor shot. And Nadal holds.

FIRST SET

NADAL 7-5 MEDVEDEV*

Nadal cracks a classic forehand winner into the corner. His best shot of the match. Two break points. 

Nadal backhand into the net, 30-40. Nadal lob and Medvedev’s attempted backhand smash goes into the net.

*NADAL 6-5 MEDVEDEV

Nadal forehand winner, 40-15. Medvedev volley winner, 40-30. Nadal volley winner to hold. Pressure back on Medvedev.

NADAL 5-5 MEDVEDEV*

Nadal backhand long, 30-0. Third double fault of the match followed by a tenth winner, 40-15.

Medvedev backhand into the net, deuce. Outstanding defence from Nadal but Medvedev keeps his nerve to hold.

*NADAL 5-4 MEDVEDEV

Nadal holds to love easily. Medvedev hasn’t got close since the game he broke.

NADAL 4-4 MEDVEDEV*

Medvedev forehand long, 15-30. Medvedev mis-hit, two break points. Medvedev saves the first with a volley winner. Serve and volley winner. Wow. Deuce.

Medvedev double fault, break point Nadal. Saved with a backhand winner. And he holds with a forehand winner. Big moment there.

*NADAL 4-3 MEDVEDEV

Serve and volley from Nadal draws the error from Medvedev, 30-0. And he holds when Medvedev’s forehand return hits the net.

NADAL 3-3 MEDVEDEV*

Better game from Medvedev as he holds to 15. 

*NADAL 3-2 MEDVEDEV

Better service game from Nadal as he holds to love. Emphatic response from the world No 2.

NADAL 2-2 MEDVEDEV*

Nadal forehand long, 30-30. Nadal break point after a punishing rally. And he gets the break back after Medvedev puts a backhand long.

Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev hits a backhand against Rafael Nadal (Image: GETTY)

*NADAL 1-2 MEDVEDEV

Nadal smash winner, 15-15. Medvedev with a big forehand winner, 30-all.

Defensive Nadal forehand goes long, break point Medvedev. And he breaks when Nadal’s forehand hits the net. 

NADAL 1-1 MEDVEDEV*

Big serve from the Russian, 30-15. Nadal forehand into the net, 40-15.

And the Russian to 30.

*NADAL 1-0 MEDVEDEV

Vintage Nadal forehand winner down the line, 30-0. Nadal double fault, 30-15. Then a backhand into net. Nadal backhand wide, break point Medvedev. 

Nadal handed a time violation. Big wide serve saves break point. Medvedev nets a forehand and Nadal holds. Tough opening game.

21:10: Nadal will serve first…

21:07: Now it is time for action. A few boos for Medvedev. Big cheers for Nadal. Interesting.

21:00: Dyllon Burnside is providing pre-match entertainment before the final. Nice little voice to be fair!

20:55: Big list of celebrities coming to the final today – 

Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Hasan Minhaj, Henrik Lundqvist, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Uma Thurman, Rachel Brosnahan, Irina Shayk, Trevor Noah, Keri Russell, Sean Avery, Alexander Skarsgard and Kevin Love are just some of the people expected.

20:45: 15 MINUTES TO GO KLAXON!

20:30: MOST GRAND SLAM FINALS OF ALL TIME (W-L)

1 Roger Federer 31 (20-11)

2 Rafael Nadal 27 (18-8)

3 Novak Djokovic 25 (16-9)

4 Ivan Lendl 19 (8-11)

5 Pete Sampras 18 (14-4)

20:25: Nadal is just one win away from his 19th Major. He has never been this close to Federer. 

20:15: Play will get underway after 9pm BST on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

But stay with us for full build up and coverage of the final Grand Slam match of the year.

20:00: Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the US Open men’s singles final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev.



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