In a rematch of the Canadian Open final from last month, Rafael Nadal turned out triumphant against Daniil Medvedev by 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in the US Open 2019 men’s singles final on Sunday.

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal clinched his 19th Grand Slam title and his fourth US Open title against the fifth-seeded Daniil Medvedev in the Arthur Ashe stadium. Repeating the result from the previous encounter, when Nadal beat Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 in their last meeting last month in the Rogers Cup, the pair took nearly five hours to come to a result.

Playing his sixth final in the Flushing Meadows, the Spaniard proved how he has been a master of hardcourts this New York fortnight, after already showing how he is the King of Clay. The 33-year-old had to dig mighty deep for about five hours to beat the Russian and bring his Grand Slam career tally to 19, just one behind Roger Federer’s all-time record.

The lefthander became the second oldest U.S. Open champion in the professional era behind Australian Ken Rosewall, who was 35 when he lifted the title in 1970.

While the women have served up four different Grand Slam winners this season, the old guard of Nadal, Federer and Novak Djokovic continue to rule the men’s game with the “Big Three” having combined to win the last 12 majors.