Published On: Thu, Sep 12th, 2019

Rafael Nadal reveals what he did after returning to Spain with US Open title | Tennis | Sport

Rafael Nadal kept his US Open celebrations to a minimum after winning the 19th Grand Slam title of his career.

The world No 2 spent almost five hours on court during the US Open final victory over Daniil Medvedev.

A private plane was then waiting to take the 33-year-old straight home to Spain.

And when he returned to Palma he rested his aching body on the coach while binging on Sky Atlantic’s thrilling series Chernobyl before turning his attention to sci-fi fantasy Stranger Things.

“I have been lying on the sofa at home watching some series and trying not to think much about tennis,” Nadal told Spanish press on a conference call.

“I started watching Chernobyl and then Stranger Things.”

Nadal has earned his rest after taking his Grand Slam tally up to 19 – one behind Roger Federer’s record.

The US Open final was a gruelling battle which lasted four hours and 50 minutes.

The Spaniard was on course for a quick victory but Medvedev battled back from two-sets down to take the match to a decider.

And Nadal hopes to find time to watch the clash back before he heads to the Laver Cup next week.

“Yes, I want to see it again, it is a game to watch,” Nadal told SER radio.

“I think that apart from all there were many high-level points and very exciting moments.

“It is one of those games that I suppose at some point, when I am more mentally recovered and can analyse things better, it is a match that I would like to see.

“Apart from the excitement of the victory, you also suffer a drop in tension, there are many hours of nerves.

“The game was very nervous, the last three games were really dramatic.

“It was one of those days when it was difficult to contain the emotion.”

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