06 Dec US Open 2019: Rafael Nadal gets emotional after 19th Grand Slam win
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Rafael Nadal said it was”impossible” to maintain his emotions after winning the US Open title in an”memorable” five-set conflict with Daniil Medvedev.
Nadal, 33, conquer Russian Medvedev 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 in just four hours 50 minutes in New York to win his Grand Slam.
As there was of his wins a movie played on the screens on Arthur Ashe Stadium the Spanish second seed was tearful.
“This trophy means everything for me now,” said Nadal, who has now won four titles in Flushing Meadows.
“Personal satisfaction of this manner which I resisted all these tough minutes is extremely large.
“The feelings happen to be there seeing all the success, all the moments that came into my mind in that moment. Yeah, I tried to hold the emotion, however, a few minutes was impossible.”
Nadal cruised at two sets and a split before fifth seed Medvedev, 23, fought back to take Sunday’s closing into a decider.
However, it was mental resilience and Nadal’s intensity that took him on the line, built up throughout a career where he has won 83 ATP singles titles.
“The manner that the game became very dramatic at the conclusion, that makes this day unforgettable, part of my history of the game,” Nadal said.
About attempting to equal Roger Federer’s list of 20 men’s Grand Slam titles the Spaniard faced questions post-match.
Nadal – five years Federer’s junior – is just one behind the great that is Swiss and three ahead of Novak Djokovic’s 16.
“I don’t look at it ,” he said. “I always say the same: I’d love to be the person who wins , but I am not thinking [about it].
“I feel honoured to be part of the battle [with Federer and Djokovic]. However, I believe that I will not be more happy or less happy if this happens or does not happen.
“I’m not going to practice every day or not play tennis for this. Because I really like to play tennis I’m playing tennis.
“I can not just think about Grand Slams, no? Tennis is more than Grand Slams. I want to consider the rest of the things.
“I play to be happy. Naturally, the victory today makes me happy. But I won Montreal and [that has been ] a significant moment for me.
“All of the things that I achieved in my career are a whole lot more than what I ever thought and what I dreamed.”
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