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Rafael Nadal moved within one of Roger Federer's grand slam tally, edging Daniil Medvedev in an epic US Open final to claim his 19th major title on Sunday.
Rafael Nadal secured his 19th grand slam title with an enthralling five-set win over Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.
Nadal was pushed to the limit by first-time grand slam finalist Medvedev in a thrilling decider, eventually prevailing 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 after four hours, 49 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Medvedev, who has the most wins on the ATP Tour this year and has played the role of villain in New York, looked set to cause a momentous upset, only for Nadal to edge through the fifth set.
The win meant the 'Big Three' of Nadal, Federer and Novak Djokovic swept the grand slams for the third straight year, a feat they last achieved between 2006 and 2008.
Nadal's win is a prime example of an era in tennis dominated by him and Federer.