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Rafael Nadal sees off Daniil Medvedev in five-set thriller to lift fourth US Open title

Canada toasts 'Queen B' Bianca Andreescu after major triumph

Prime Sports, International Sport, Tennis, New York (USA), September 9:- World number 2 Rafael Nadal produced a spirited performance as he bounced back from two-set down against Daniil Medvedev of Russia to lift his fourth US Open men’s singles title at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

The Spanish tennis maestro clinched the first two sets to almost turn the summit showdown in his favour before Medvedev made a stunning comeback, rallying from two sets and a break down to force a decider.

However, Nadal showcased his experience when it mattered the most to eventually seal a hard-fought 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 win in the final of the fourth major of the season that lasted four hours and 49 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

With the win, Nadal has also sealed his 19th Grand Slam title and closed the gap to just one on Swiss great and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the list of players with the most number of major titles.

The victory also saw the Spaniard improve his overall win streak to 10 straight and improve to 26-1 in his last five tournaments, the Association for Tennis Professionals (ATP) reported.

Meanwhile, Nadal has also overall clinched his third five-set major final after beating Federer in a deciding set for the 2008 Wimbledon and 2009 Australian Open trophies.

Nadal had previously defeated Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 in the final of the men’s singles event of the Montreal Masters last month.

Canada toasts ‘Queen B’ Bianca Andreescu after major triumph

Meanwhile in Toronto, most Canadians had never heard of Bianca Andreescu a year ago but on Sunday they woke up to realise her US Open triumph was not a dream and she had in fact claimed the country’s first Grand Slam singles title.

All of Canada, it seemed, was clinging on to Andreescu’s every shot during a bold and brilliant performance on Saturday in which she dominated rallies with punishing ground-strokes to overwhelm tennis great Serena Williams in straight sets. Canadian fans hailed their first tennis grand slam champion Andreescu’s 6-3, 7-5 win over Williams.

The 19-year-old’s triumph, which came in her US Open main draw debut and against the undisputed queen of the sport, was the latest step in a meteoric rise for Andreescu and it dominated front pages across the country (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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