Rafael Nadal said it was “impossible” to hold in his emotions after winning the US Open title in an “unforgettable” five-set battle with Daniil Medvedev.
Nadal, 33, beat Russian Medvedev 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 in four hours 50 minutes in New York to win his 19th Grand Slam.
The Spanish second seed was tearful as a video of his major wins was played on the big screens on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“This trophy means everything to me today,” said Nadal, who has now won four titles at Flushing Meadows.
“Personal satisfaction of the way that I resisted all these tough moments is very high.
Meanwhile, Bianca Andreescu became Canada’s first ever grand slam singles champion and at 19, the first teen to win a major since Maria Sharapova 13 years ago. She beat Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in Saturday’s US Open final, which went off without a hitch after the 2018 controversy