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Rafael Nadal sees off Daniil Medvedev in five-set thriller to lift fourth US Open title

Nadal had previously defeated Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 in the final of the men's singles event of the Montreal Masters last month.   

Rafael Nadal sees off Daniil Medvedev in five-set thriller to lift fourth US Open title

World number two Rafael Nadal produced a spirited performance as he bounced back from two-set down against Daniil Medvedev of Russia to lift his fourth US Open men's singles title at Flushing Meadows on Monday.

The Spanish tennis maestro clinched the first two sets to almost turn the summit showdown in his favour before Medvedev made a stunning comeback, rallying from two sets and a break down to force a decider.

However, Nadal showcased his experience when it mattered the most to eventually seal a hard-fought 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 win in the final of the fourth major of the season that lasted four hours and 49 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

With the win, Nadal has also sealed his 19th Grand Slam title and closed the gap to just one on Swiss great and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the list of players with most number of major titles. 

The victory also saw the Spaniard improve his overall win streak to 10 straight and improve to 26-1 in his last five tournament, the Association for Tennis Professionals (ATP) reported. 

Meanwhile, Nadal has also overall clinched his third five-set major final after beating Federer in a deciding set for the 2008 Wimbledon and 2009 Australian Open trophies. 

Nadal had previously defeated Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 in the final of the men's singles event of the Montreal Masters last month.