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She has been a fixture in all the major tournaments, looking on serenely as a rampaging Rafa grinds it to his own will—a picture of quiet emotional support born of love, as uncle Tony worked out the technical points. We have occasionally seen Mery Perello clinched in seashore ecstasy with Rafael. Ah, after 14 years, it surely is time. The two wed in an expensive property in Mallorca—the only grand slam that matters in Nadal’s life.

Andy Murray of Britain lifts the trophy after winning the European Open final tennis match in Antwerp, Belgium. Murray defeated Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 3-6/6-4/6-4.

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Tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi, his wife and Bollywood actor Lara Dutta show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote during the Maharashtra Assembly elections, in Mumbai.

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Former tennis player Leander Paes at the launch event of Australian Open 2020 in Mumbai.

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Daniil Medvedev of Russia, left, and Alexander Zverev of Germany pose with their trophies after the final of the men's final at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China. Medvedev defeated Zverev 6-4, 6-1.

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Matteo Berrettini of Italy celebrates after defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria in the men's singles quarterfinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China

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Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after he lost against Alexander Zverev of Germany in the men's singles quarterfinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China

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Alexander Zverev of Germany celebrates after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in their men's singles quarterfinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China

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Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles quarterfinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures to spectators after defeating Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the men's singles match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with his champion trophy during the award ceremony of the Japan Open tennis championships in Tokyo

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Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the men's final at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

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Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hits a return shot while competing against Dominic Thiem of Austria in the men's final at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

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Naomi Osaka of Japan, left, and Ashleigh Barty of Australia pose with their trophies after the final of the women's singles final at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing. Osaka defeated defeating Barty 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses her winner's trophy after defeating Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the women's final at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

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Sofia Kenin, left, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States hold the first-place trophy after beating Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia and Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine in the women's doubles final at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing.

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Dominic Thiem of Austria prepares to hit a return shot against Karen Khachanov of Russia during the men's semifinals match in the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

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Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts after beating Andy Murray of Britain in their quarterfinal match in the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning over Australian Alexei Popyrin at the Japan Open.

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Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts while competing against Jessica Pegula of the United States during their match in the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

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Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts while competing against Jessica Pegula of the United States during their match in the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

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India's Parupalli Kashyap returns a shot during men's semi-final match against Japan's Kento Momota at the Korea Open Badminton in Incheon, South Korea.

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Team Europe pose with the Laver Cup trophy after defeating Team world's, at the Laver Cup tennis event, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Team Europe's Stefanos Tsitsipas, left, and teammate Roger Federer, right, play against Team World's John Isner and Jack Sock during a men's doubles tennis match at the Laver Cup tennis event in Geneva, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. AP/PTI(AP9_22_2019_000102B)

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Japan's Naomi Osaka poses for a photo during an award ceremony after winning the Toray Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Osaka, western Japan. Osaka won her first singles title since the Australian Open in January by beating Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in the Toray Pan Pacific final.

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Team Europe's Roger Federer celebrates after winning against Team World's Nick Kyrgios during their match at the Laver Cup tennis event in Geneva, Switzerland

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Canadian Prime Minister and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speaks with Canadian tennis player and U.S. Open winner Bianca Andreescu on stage during a rally for her in Mississauga, Ontario.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, hugs the trophy after defeating Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, to win the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, during the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after defeating Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, to win the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Elise Mertens, of Belgium, left, poses for photos with the trophy with doubles partner Arena Sabalenka, of Belarus, after winning the women's doubles final against Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, and Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Diede De Groot, of the Netherlands reacts after defeating Yiu Kamjil, of Japan, in the wheelchair women's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Nadal's win is a prime example of an era in tennis dominated by him and Federer.

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.

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.

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.

Rafael Nadal secured his 19th grand slam title with an enthralling five-set win over Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.

The 19-year-old Canadian has been the definition of composure, laser focused on one goal – winning her first grand slam title at the US Open in her main draw debut.

Andreescu was not born when Williams won the 1999 title, sealed a stunning triumph, leaving Serena still level with Chris Evert for US Open championships (six) and match wins (101).

Williams wore a pained expression throughout a performance that became more and more ragged, gifting away three breaks to double-faults as her experience failed to stand up to a mature Andreescu display.

The teenager, who was beaten in qualifying last year, has never lost to a top-10 player and continued that incredible record by triumphing 6-3 7-5, becoming the first Canadian to win a singles grand slam.

Serena Williams was denied a 24th grand slam title in the US Open final for a second consecutive year as 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu capped an extraordinary 2019 with a breakthrough major success in a classic Flushing Meadows decider.

Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, holds up the championship trophy after defeating Serena Williams, of the United States, in the women's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Serena Williams, of the United States, right, congratulates Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, after Andreescu won the women's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Medvedev completed victory in two hours, 38 minutes, with another extremely accomplished performance he will be physically ready for a first Grand Slam final against Rafael Nadal.

Medvedev has continually talked about using the negative energy to fuel him, though it is unfortunate the pantomime jeers have somewhat overshadowed a breakthrough performance from a rapidly rising star on the ATP Tour.

Dimitrov's run to the semi-finals was perhaps the most unexpected development of a tournament defined by surprises in New York.

Daniil Medvedev's incredible US Open campaign will end in the final after he came through a tight tussle with Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-3.

Rafael Nadal will meet Daniil Medvedev for the US Open title.

Berrettini was not as fatigued as expected following his near four-hour marathon with Monfils.

The eliminations of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have seen Nadal installed as the clear favourite in the men's singles.

Nadal was made to work harder than most would have thought against the big-serving Berrettini – who needed five sets to beat Gael Monfils in the previous round – in Friday's 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-1 victory.

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning the first set against Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, during the men's singles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, during the men's singles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, in the men's singles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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Andreescu became just the second women's Grand Slam finalist from Canada -- after Eugenie Bouchard at Wimbledon in 2014.

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Andreescu came back from 5-2 down in the second set to claim a fighting win.

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Meanwhile, Andreescu reached her first Grand Slam final with a gritty 7-6(3), 7-5 victory over No.13 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

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Serena will face Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu in the final.

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Svitolina paid the price for missing six break points in the first set.

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The victory secured Serena's place in a 33rd Grand Slam final, as she tied Chris Evert for the most US Open match wins with her 101st triumph at Flushing Meadows.

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Serena Williams overpowered Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina to win 6-3, 6-1 and reach the US Open final on Thursday (September 5).

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Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York.

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In process, Andreescu became the first teenager to reach the US Open semis since Caroline Wozniacki in 2009.

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In another match, Bianca Andreescu (in pic) recovered from a set down to defeat Belgian 25th seed Elise Mertens 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

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World No. 12 Bencic has a slew of top-10 scalps to her name this year, beating Naomi Osaka for the third time in 2019 to reach this stage.

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In women's singles, Belinda Bencic (in pic) reached her first Grand Slam semi-final with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victory over Donna Vekic.

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Berrettini won in three hours and 57 minutes.

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Meanwhile, Berrettini (in pic) defeated Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) to reach a first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open.

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Nadal will now take on Matteo Berrettini for a place in the US Open final.

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Rafael Nadal overcame a spirited effort from Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to move within two wins of his 19th Grand Slam title.

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Belgian 25th seed Elise Mertens breezed past American qualifier Kristie Ahn 6-1, 6-1 in 66 minutes.

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Bianca Andreescu (R) booked her first Grand Slam quarter-final in some style, surviving a second set hiccup to defeat American qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

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Bencic, the 13th seed, will play Donna Vekic (not in pic) in the quarters.

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In women's singles, Belinda Bencic beat defending champion Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-4.

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Gael Monfils needed just 86 minutes to thrash Pablo Andujar 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 and enter his fourth US Open quarter-final.

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Schwartzman, the 20th seed, will next face Nadal.

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Schwartzman, the 20th seed, will next face Nadal.

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Argentine Diego Schwartzman came from a set down to beat German sixth seed Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 and reach the quarters at Flushing Meadows.

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Rafael Nadal hit 37 winners, breaking Marin Cilic six times in another impressive display.

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning his match against Marin Cilic, of Croatia, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

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Ashleigh Barty was stunned by Wang Qiang in her fourth-round clash, the second seed making 39 unforced errors in a highly disappointing display.

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Elina Svitolina, meanwhile, saw off American Madison Keys in straight sets 7-5, 6-4.

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Medvedev continued his run with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) win over qualifier Dominik Koepfer.

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Johanna Konta outlasted third seed Karolina Pliskova in an engrossing match on Louis Armstrong, producing a fine comeback to prevail 6-7 (1-7), 6-3, 7-5.

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Serena Williams suffered an injury scare as she progressed to the last eight of the US Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Petra Martic.

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Roger Federer, the five-time US Open champion, needed just 79 minutes to thrash Belgian 15th seed David Goffin 6-2, 6-2, 6-0.

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Wawrinka will play Daniil Medvedev for a place in the semi-finals.

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic retired with a shoulder injury after dropping the first two sets (4-6, 5-7, 1-2) of his last-16 game against Stan Wawrinka.

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Coco Gauff wipes away tears while talking to Naomi Osaka, of Japan, after Osaka defeated Gauff during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

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Taylor Townsend, of the United States, reacts after defeating Sorana Cirstea, of Romania, during round three of the US Open tennis championships in New York.

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Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu (L), seeded 15th, brushed past two-time US Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4 to extend her best Grand Slam run.

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Meanwhile, Gael Monfils beat Denis Shapovalov 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3.

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Australian 28th seed Nick Kyrgios (L) failed in his bid to progress past the third round at Flushing Meadows for the first time after losing 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to Russian Andrey Rublev.

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German sixth seed Alexander Zverev advanced to the fourth round of the US Open for the first time with a 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-3, 7-6(3) win over Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene.

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World No. 1 Naomi Osaka, 21, won 6-3, 6-0 against Coco Gauff.

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Rafael Nadal cruised into the fourth round of the US Open with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Hyeon Chung at Flushing Meadows on Saturday (August 31).

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Madison Keys (in pic) reached the last 16 at the US Open for a fifth consecutive year with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Sofia Kenin.

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It appeared to be plain sailing for Karolina Pliskova (in pic) when she breezed to the first set 6-1 against World No. 62 Ons Jabeur. However, the Tunisian fought to send the match to a third set, and Pliskova needed over two hours to come through a stern test 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

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World No. 5 Daniil Medvedev (R) needed three hours and 19 minutes to see off Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4.

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