Published On: Fri, Sep 13th, 2019

How Rafael Nadal did what Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic haven’t to copy Serena Williams | Tennis | Sport


Rafael Nadal pipped Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 in New York in quite simply one of the greatest US Open finals of all time.

As well as this being his fourth title at Flushing Meadows, the Spaniard also made further tennis history at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The triumph means he became the first man in the Open Era to win five Grand Slam titles after turning 30.

It’s been a road that started back in 2017 when Nadal cleaned up at Roland Garros and the US Open.

The following year he was back for more at the French Open, and this year he has followed in the same footsteps as 2017 to get over the line.

Roger Federer has only won three titles since turning 30 in August 2010.

He’s had joy at the Australian Open twice since then in 2017 and 2018.

That was also backed up with victory at Wimbledon in 2017.

Novak Djokovic is just one title shy of matching Nadal’s feat.

He has four Major wins since turning 30 at Wimbledon (2018 and 2019), the US Open (2018), and the Australian Open (2019).

It’s been a breathtaking season for Nadal, who so nearly called time on his campaign back in March at Indian Wells.

The 33-year-old was forced to withdraw from a semi-final with Federer following an injury to his knee.

Tennis pundit David Law has been taken back by the way Nadal has responded to that injury.

“Final of the Australian Open, won Roland Garros, semi-finals of Wimbledon, won US Open,” he said on the Tennis Podcast.

“He’s won Montreal [his first ever successful defence on a hardcourt].

“It’s like all semi-finals or better? I can’t remember if he’s lost anything before the semi-finals, I don’t think he has.

“It is just unreal what he is doing.”



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