The Racquet 🎾 The 5th Set

A Closer Look At 'That' 5th Set Between Nadal And Medvedev

This is a special post-final issue looking a little closer at the decisive 5th set of Sunday’s epic US Open Final. And in particular, Nadal’s returning performance in the first 7 games.


Setting The Scene

Medvedev had just played a stunning return game to break Nadal at the end of the 4th set, converting set point with a backhand down the line (return winner) from way outside the tramlines.

Umpire: “Two sets all, final set.”

Medvedev to serve first (he had yet to lose a set [3 & 4] when serving first).


0*-0. Medvedev holds easily. Big 1st serves and some huge forehands as his 2nd shot. Nadal unable to get any depth on his returns.

Nadal serving at 1-0*. This would probably turn out to be the most important game of the match.

  • Backhand unforced error from Nadal for 0-15.

  • 0-15. Medvedev hits an amazing backhand return winner (again) off a (106mph) Nadal 1st serve out wide. 106mph was lower than the majority of Nadal’s wide 1st serves on the AD side, and this serve also landed deeper and more central in the box than Nadal would have liked👇

  • 0-30. Nadal serves and volleys (off a 119mph 1st serve out wide to Meddy’s forehand) for 15-30.

  • 15-30. Nadal 2nd serve (safe, central 93mph). Neither player with positional advantage until Nadal runs around his backhand to try and play an offensive cross-court forehand. Rafa drops it too central and Medvedev takes control with his forehand, winning the point for 15-40. Two BP’s in the Russian’s favour👇

  • 15-40 (BP), Nadal lands a first serve (118mph out wide to Medvedev forehand) despite rushing his motion due to the shot clock. Serve and (excellent) half-volley saves the (1st) BP. Clutch.

  • 30-40 (BP), Nadal lands a first serve (110mph out wide to Medvedev backhand). Medvedev returns well off the backhand, similar to his return winner for 0-30, but not as powerful in the face of a bigger, and more angled, Nadal serve (110mph compared to 106mph). Nadal hits a good forehand down the line, and then retains positional advantage with a line-licking backhand, forcing an error from Medvedev. Again, brilliant under pressure:👇

  • Deuce. Nadal lands 118mph T first serve. Medvedev can only float the ball back and Nadal looks to finish the point with a pretty straightforward forehand volley. Rafa misses badly into the tramlines. AD Medvedev, another BP. Nadal a little hesitant to move forward after hitting the serve, and also seemed caught in two minds between hitting a drop volley or a deep volley.

  • AD Medvedev (BP). Time violation Nadal, 2nd serve. Rafa plays a clever 2nd serve, safe and central but not giving Medvedev an angle to work with. The Russian can only hit a short backhand reply. Nadal hits the forehand he was trying to hit at 15-30, forcing an error from Medvedev. Once again, clutch:👇

  • Deuce. This was really the only point in the game where Medvedev faltered. Rafa hits a pretty central 116mph 1st serve, and Medvedev responds with a good, deep backhand return. Nadal makes a similar mistake as the 15-30 point, running around his backhand and dropping a cross court forehand short. Medvedev takes control with his forehand once again, but misses the final volley.

  • AD Nadal, game point. Un-returnable 121mph (T) 1st serve. Rafa holds.

It’s hard to overstate how influential those three break point saves were for Nadal’s eventual win. Medvedev entered the 5th set as the better player, with all the momentum. Nadal successfully halted that runaway Russian train by holding for 1-1. Each BP save in that game featured Nadal winning the point with aggressive net rushing or forehands. There was probably very little Medvedev could have done differently on each one.

1*-1. Medvedev holds to 30. The 1st serves, that he lands, clock in at 124mph, 123mph, 121mph, 125mph (his avg. for the match was 118mph). He serves and volleys twice and wins both points. A borderline unplayable game from Medvedev, with his serve and volley for 30-15 in particular, a piece of genius:👇

— This is just straight up too good from Medvedev. Nadal hits a good 1st serve return, off a very good body serve, with the Spaniard using his more aggressive return position (talked about below). Medvedev is forced to play a tough volley, split-stepping well before the service line because of how early Nadal takes the return, but deals with it beautifully.

Medvedev won the game easily, but there was one important signal from his opponent. Nadal, since the middle of the 4th set, in an effort to make Medvedev’s 2nd shot, post-serve, less comfortable (whether it was a volley or a groundstroke), had started stepping in on 1st serve returns. Here’s a comparison between his set one 1st serve return position (very deep), and his more aggressive set 5 position (he also used this sporadically in set 2 and at the start of set 3, but reverted to a deeper position once he lost the break in set 3):👇

— The set 5 position gives Medvedev far less time to either: serve and volley (he would have had to hit this particular volley around the service line if he had approached after the serve), or hit his 1-2 baseline punch. As you see here he rushes himself into a backhand error in the set 5 example. Medvedev’s avg. backhand speed increased by 7mph after he broke back for 3-3 in the 3rd set (the forehand avg also went up by 3mph, but Med’s preferred 2nd shot is, unusually, his backhand). As such, Rafa had to find a way to make his opponents 1-2 punches less routine.

Nadal made this change in set 4, but it didn’t come off in the face of superb Medvedev serving and serve and volley. That 1st point, at 1-1 in set 5, is the first example of it starting to make inroads (and would become very important a couple of games later at 2-2).

2-1*. Nadal serving, holds to 15. At the change of ends prior to this game, Medvedev received some brief leg treatment (for what looked like cramps). The Russian, for what seemed like the first time since set 2, offered up two relatively soft errors in a single Nadal service game. The first, at the time quite subtle, signs of Medvedev’s movement fading a bit.

2*-2. Medvedev serving. 15-0 with a 128mph T ace (his fastest serve of the match). 30-0 with Nadal forehand unforced error. 40-0 with Nadal forehand unforced error.

Medvedev 40-0 up, serving bombs. But this is where it all changed:

  • 40-0. Nadal gets to 40-15 after a Medvedev forehand unforced error. Rafa put a 1st serve (124mph) return in play deep from his adjusted, aggressive serve position.

  • 40-15. Nadal gets to 40-30 with another good 1st serve return, landing deep, setting up a pretty neutral rally. Rafa starts using the slice again and coaxes a backhand error from Medvedev who looked tired bending his legs down to the low ball👇

  • 40-30. Nadal gets to deuce with another aggressive 1st serve return, his third in a row, off a 126mph Medvedev serve. This return rushed Medvedev into an error. Russian looking tired footwork and leg-bend-wise on his backhand side in the last two points👇

  • Deuce. Medvedev finally misses a first serve and Nadal brings up a BP, working low slices to the Russian’s backhand again.👇

  • AD Nadal (BP). Medvedev responds with a 126mph ace out wide. Phenomenal.

  • Deuce. Medvedev 2nd serve. Nadal good aggressive return opens up court space. Medvedev hits a tired backhand into the net, trying to go for too much.

  • AD Nadal (BP). Nadal hits another aggressive 1st serve return (off a 124mph wide serve) rewarding the Spaniard with a neutral rally. One of Nadal’s more proactive BP’s he plays all night, finishing with a backhand winner to take a 3*-2 lead.

Nadal’s returning in that game was superlative. I’m not convinced he made four, aggressive 1st serve returns like he did at 2-2 in the 5th, in a single previous Medvedev service game. And he did so in the face of some of the Russian’s biggest serving. These returns were key because they, for the first time since early in the 4th set, negated Medvedev’s serving and positional advantage, that the Russian had capitalised on so effectively with 1-2 punches and serve & volley. As soon as Nadal had a regular rally opening, he could exploit Medvedev’s tired backhand leg-bend on the low balls.

An example of a player raising their game when it mattered most.

2-3*. Nadal serving. Holds to 15 with big 1st serves and serve and volley.

2*-4. Medvedev serving. Russian gets to 30-0.

  • 30-0. Nadal gets to 30-15 on the back of another aggressive 1st serve return.

  • 30-15. Nadal gets to 30-0 (after a Medvedev 2nd serve) thanks to more slices to the Medvedev backhand. Again Meddy makes a tired error off that wing.

  • 30-30. Nadal gets to 30-40 with a miracle return lob (off a wide Medvedev 1st serve) that foils Medvedev’s attempt at serve and volley. Rafa hits a brilliant drop shot winner to finish the point.

  • 30-40 (BP). Nadal converts the break (for 5*-2) with another return lob off a Medvedev 1st serve (T). Medvedev misses a smash.

Once again, Nadal made 1st serve returns, on 3 out of the last 4 points. All 3 with the more aggressive return position. Importantly, on the 30-30 point, that closer to the baseline return position enabled Nadal to cut off what was a great angled serve by Medvedev. Had he been using a more defensive, deeper position, that serve would either have been un-returnable, or Nadal would have had to play a lob from further back (likely either giving Medvedev a volley or making the lob itself harder):👇


In the end, that double break of serve was very much needed for Nadal. With the Spaniard losing one of his breaks (at 5*-2) while serving for the championship, to then secure the title two games later at 5*-4.

Rafa’s return performance at 2*-2, and again at 2*-4, seemed to attract remarkably little attention from commentators or analysts at the time. Especially given that Medvedev served many of his biggest deliveries of the match on those crucial points. But those Nadal returns, by way of the more aggressive return position, ended up being vital to the Spaniard’s championship.

It’s easy to forget that Medvedev had all the momentum starting the 5th set. That series of 6 games from Nadal, from 1-0* to 2-4*, came very much against the run of play. It was an example of a champion standing up to a whacking wave of pressure, in to which most mortals would have been swept, and somehow reversing the flow.

Big match play at its finest.

📊Medvedev’s 1st serve points won in the 5th set was its lowest of any set (56% compared to his set 1-4 avg of 69%), despite featuring the Russian’s fastest, avg and one-off, serve speeds since set 1.

Between 2-1* and 2-5* in the 5th, Nadal won more 1st serve return points than Medvedev won 1st serve points.

We all know how the rest of the set played out, but here’s a quick recap:

  • Nadal double faults the first of his breaks away while serving for the title at 5*-2. Both guys look exhausted at this point.

  • Medvedev saves two championship points at 3*-5 with what can only be described as balls of steel (two 1st serves: one 1-2 punch backhand winner, one ace).

  • Nadal saves another break point, while serving for the title for a 2nd time at 5*-4, with a huge forehand cross court on the back of a 2nd serve (at 30-40).

  • An un-returnable Nadal 1st serve, at AD, secures him the title.

For the whole recap of the match, here’s the Racquet Recap from Sunday.

And here are the US Open’s official extended highlights.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly different piece of Racquet analysis.

Matt ✌️


GAME, SET, MATCH 👋


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Racquet Recap 🎾 US Open Final

🇪🇸Nadal vs Medvedev 🇷🇺 5 Set Thriller, Medvedev Clutch, Nadal Rattled, Shots Of The Day, Presser Best Bits

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RESULTS 🎾

💥 = Beatdown \\ 🤕 = Injury \\ ‼️ = Upset \\ 🤯 = Epic


Featured Matches

— Nadal d Medvedev: 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 🤯

Short Highlights 🎥

Longer Highlights 🎥

I highly recommend trying to find an HD version of longer highlights.

Match Report: Good lord, where to even begin. 4 hours and 49 minutes of madness.

The first two sets were a free-to-attend Rafael Nadal clinic on how to play a counterpuncher. The last three (i.e Medvedev’s comeback) were the Russian’s equally good value seminar on how to play the biggest match of one’s life, and give off the impression that you don’t understand the meaning of the word ‘lose’ (and look like an expressionless assassin while doing so). That Nadal somehow overcame one of the greatest clutch performances we’ve seen in recent years, from the loser in a slam final, in the form of Medvedev’s 3rd, 4th and 5th sets, is yet another reminder of the mental behemoth that is Rafael Nadal.

🎾The Nadal Show: Firstly let’s talk quickly about sets 1, 2 and half of set 3. Nadal was by far the better player for the first two hours of the contest, in the process building a two sets and a break lead (3*-2 in the 3rd). The Spaniard put on a masterclass of spin/height variety, and net rushing, to disrupt Medvedev’s rhythm, and capitalise on the Russian’s incredibly deep court position. It worked a treat, with Nadal winning 20/25 net points with clever approaches and volleys, many of which were set up thanks to a slice coaxing an attackable ball off the Medvedev racquet. Rafa had actually started the match rather slow, going down an early break in set 1, thanks to some errant forehand shanks from the Spaniard. 📊But Nadal made an effective adjustment, spending the rest of set 1, and all of two, 40% inside the baseline compared to just 15% in the first 5 games of the match. Simply, when Nadal was aggressive, he was cruising.

🎾 The Turning Point: But then it all changed. With Nadal serving up a break, at 3*-2 in the 3rd set, the Spaniard had a very uncharacteristic lapse. He hit a backhand unforced error for 0-15, and then a double fault for 15-40. The Spaniard managed to claw himself back to deuce with excellent net play and serve and volleying, but then missed a completely routine smash to bring up another BP for Meddy. That miss changed everything. Down BP at AD, Nadal committed another tight backhand error, and all of a sudden the feeling of the match changed. It’s very rare for momentum to swing so violently towards an opponent who is 2 sets to love down, but this was one of those instances:

— The missed smash. If Nadal were to hit 100 of these in practice I doubt he’d miss a single one. (Eurosport)

All of a sudden Medvedev had belief. He started hitting his forehand 3mph bigger, and his backhand a staggering 7mph bigger, after he was 2-3* down (than before).

Nadal still looked the marginally better player, but he was no longer looking in control. The comeback by Medvedev was on, but it wasn’t yet solidified. That is until the Russian started a long procession of incredibly clutch tennis down break point (and down 15-30 and at 30-30 on serve). Meddy saved two BP’s at 4-4, the first with a huge 1-2 punch, and the 2nd with another Nadal smash miss after a gruelling baseline rally. The Russian then successfully served and volleyed his way out of the game. Even more impressively, a few games later with Nadal serving to stay in the set at 5*-6, Medvedev actually out-baselined his opponent. To the point where Nadal was so evidently exhausted that he was giving up on previously make-able forehands. Medvedev played 4 perfect baseline points, crushing forehands and backhands, to take the 3rd set.

The 4th set featured more of the same. Medvedev gaining momentum, and somehow looking the physically stronger of the two. Nadal looking tired, tight and frustrated at how this was all unfolding. The Spaniard made some nice adjustments on return, stepping in a bit closer to the baseline on 1st serve return to take time away from Medvedev’s big 2nd shot, or serve and volley. The changes were the right ones but they didn’t come off, with Medvedev usually serving absolute bombs to get himself out of sticky situations. Nadal was starting to look like the man who thought this match may get away from him. The Spaniard missed a pretty routine 2nd serve return while holding a BP at 2-2. He then played a very passive point with another BP (at AD) a couple of points later. Nadal, for once, was tight in the big points, and Medvedev could clearly sense it (Rafa at this point was just 4/16 on BP’s). The Russian’s new found aggression, courtesy of a more offensive court position, was capitalising on anything remotely short coming from Nadal’s end.

And then, the 2nd Rafa collapse occurred, once again while serving to stay in the set (this time at 4*-5). The Spaniard was 40-15 up, on serve, but threw in two very tight, and very loose, forehand unforced errors (the 1st of which was a routine 1-2 punch with most of the court open). This clearly gave Medvedev hope, alongside a set point opening, because the Russian played an absolutely stunning backhand return winner to steal the game and take the match to a decider. Nadal, and the crowd, were stunned:

— What an awesome way to take the match to a 5th set. Incredible.

🎾 The 5th: All the momentum was with Medvedev now. He had won sets 3 and 4 while serving first (Nadal served first in sets 1 and 2), and earned that right again for the 5th set thanks to that incredible break of serve at the end of set 4. The Russian was providing those watching with the very definition of redlining. His groundstrokes were huge, his serving bigger than ever, and his serve and volleying completely and utterly suffocated any momentum Nadal sought to build on return. Medvedev was, unquestionably, the better player at the end of the 4th and start of the 5th.

Nadal was immediately under the cosh, facing three BP’s at 0*-1. Medvedev was on fire, drilling a backhand return winner cross court (for 0-30) that defied logic and physics, and looking like nothing would stop the completion of his comeback. But, this is when Rafa started to show signs of stopping the bleeding. The Spaniard saved the 1st BP with a brilliant serve and half-volley. The 2nd with a series of crushing, deep forehands. And the third (after a time violation cost him his 1st serve) with a wonderful forehand 1-2 punch. That may well have been the most important game of the match.

After another game of Medvedev absolutely crushing 1st serves (at 1-1), giving Nadal little chance on return, the Spaniard’s opening finally came. At 2-2, Medvedev found his way to a 40-0 lead while serving. But Nadal’s adjustment of taking his returns a bit earlier started paying off, pegging Meddy back to deuce with a series of aggressive returns and deep follow up slices to the Medvedev backhand. The Russian missed another backhand, off another slice, to set up a BP for Rafa. Medvedev initially stood strong, bombing down another ace to save it. But another series of aggressive forehands from Nadal brought up another BP, and this time the Spaniard took his chance. Rafa played his most aggressive BP of the match, finishing with a huge backhand winner (after a gruelling rally) to breakthrough Medvedev’s serve for the first time since the start of set 3. The floodgates then appeared to open, as Nadal grabbed a double break with two ludicrously good returns of serve at 2*-4. Now 5*-2, with Rafa serving for the title.

Goodnight… right?

“Nyet” Medvedev bellowed. The Russian simply did not know how to lay down and lose.

Rafa played yet another tight game at the tail end of a set. This time double faulting to go down 0-15, hitting a backhand UE for 30-40, and then double faulting *again* (after losing another 1st serve because of a time violation) to lose one of the breaks. Medvedev at this point was playing out of his mind, clearly buoyed by more signs of Nadal weakness. The Russian faced two championship points serving at 3*-5, saving the first with as good a 1-2 backhand punch as you’ll ever see, and the second with an ace. A few more aces down the T, and yet more effective serve and volley, and Medvedev would hold to force Nadal to try and serve it out again. 5*-4.

One final chance for Nadal. 5*-4:

  • Rafa starts the game poorly, missing his first three 1st serves and finding himself in a 15-30 hole that must have looked all too familiar.

  • Another, very tight, Nadal forehand unforced error for 30-40 and BP.

  • Nadal, still missing 1st serves, finds a huge forehand on the back of his 2nd serve. Saves BP. This point was dripping with tension. That forehand took serious guts.

  • Nadal brings up his 3rd championship point with a 1-2 drop-shot punch.

  • Nadal finally converts with a huge, un-returnable 1st serve. 🏆

An absolutely unreal performance, in quite different ways, by both players.

🇷🇺 Firstly, Medvedev. The Russian displayed more heart, physical and mental strength, and adaptability than anyone would have given him credit for before this match. What he managed to do to Nadal from set 3 onwards, is a feat accomplished by no one in slam final history. No other challenger has made Nadal look that fragile from two sets and a break up in a title match. Perhaps most impressive of all, was the Russian’s willingness to not only go toe to toe with Nadal from the baseline, but mix in a rather janky, but incredibly effective, net game. Meddy’s serve and volley in set 4, and the first chunk of play in set 5, was frankly unplayable. Nadal was trying everything he could on return to make a dent, and nothing worked. Medvedev was soundly the better player during that period.

Medvedev breaking away from the ‘Next Gen’ pack is not something many would have predicted when he played the NextGen finals back in 2017. But he is currently *streets* ahead of anyone else in that age bracket. The mental strength & flexibility of strategy he displayed tonight was truly outstanding. He proved he can mix up his tennis, and do so against the very best, on the biggest stage. A coming of age, this certainly was.

🇪🇸For Nadal, this was probably most remarkable because he found a way to win despite battling himself for large periods of the 3rd, 4th & 5th sets. His forehand came up incredibly clutch, late in the closing stages, but that shot was costing him dearly in set 4 and the early-mid 5th set. The Spaniard was having serious trouble finding the requisite depth and penetration to trouble the brick wall across the net, and his forehand down the line wasn’t its usual devastating weapon. Indeed, Nadal was struggling so badly to hit his forehand down the line with enough proximity to the sideline, that Medvedev was winning the vast majority of exchanges where Nadal managed to hit that shot. Meddy’s forehand cross court defence, off that down the line forehand, was stunning in the latter stages of the match.

That Rafa managed to keep it all together in the 5th set, despite rather obviously squandering his two set lead, speaks volumes (to be added to already existing overflowing library) of his crunch-time mental strength. Nadal beat an opponent who played the match of his life. A player who seemed to genuinely believe he couldn’t lose. One of Rafa’s sweetest victories, in an already glittering career.

📊 Between them the two players combined for 140 net points (winning 101/140).

The total points won tonight stood at 341.

That makes 41% (!) of the total points of the match featuring net play.

(I will do some research on this when I’ve had some sleep, but I think this may have been the most volley-friendly slam final, on any surface, in years. For context, this years Wimbledon final featured 24% net points, or 17% less than tonight.)

Not only is this a brilliant advert for the versatility of both players (Nadal winning 77% of his net points and Medvedev 68%), but it’s a fascinating insight into what both felt they needed to do to make the other uncomfortable. I wrote in my pre-match prediction that both players will mix in serve and volley, and general net rushing, into their games, but that this would be a smaller departure from Nadal’s comfort zone than Medvedev’s. This turned out to be decisively true in the 5th set, but only by the narrowest of margins. As it turns out, the limits of Medvedev’s comfort zone were severely overstated by me, and many other, analysts/observers. The Russian really does have it all, even it if that ‘all’ looks rather lanky and discombobulated at times.

Another perfect advert for best of 5 set tennis. Long may it continue.

— Two warriors. Nothing but respect.


SHOTS OF THE DAY 😮


— Nadal casually starting off the match with an around the net post winner. On the 2nd point. Ridiculous. (Eurosport)

— Another angle:


— Medvedev saving an early BP with serve and volley. Not for the first time. (Eurosport)


— Nadal working the angles brilliantly here to create space to hit into. Medvedev much less comfortable moving laterally *and* forward, rather than just laterally. (Eurosport)


— This is a great point to highlight the problem Nadal had with his forehand down the line. He was regularly hitting that shot where you see it land here (far away from the side line). And Medvedev was regularly cleaning up with that hooked forehand into the open space. (Eurosport)


— Nadal making, what was a quite rare today, forehand down the line winner. (Eurosport)


— Nice contrasting ball trajectories here. Nadal’s defensive loop, and Medvedev’s offensive, pancake-flat bullet. (Eurosport)


— Medvedev playing a near flawless game to take the 3rd set. Phenomenal tennis. (Eurosport)


— The backhand return that defied all logic and physics. Medvedev hitting a perfectly clean, completely flat return winner, from way out of court, against Nadal who was already in that forehand corner. This was the game in which Nadal held despite facing 2 BP’s. Huge. (Eurosport)


— Medvedev on fire at the net. (Eurosport)


— Some of the tennis in the 5th set was comically good. Many of these shots came at the end of 30+ shot rallies. (Eurosport)


— This isn’t a hot shot, but I wanted to include it to show Nadal’s main slice strategy tonight. Medvedev actually dealt with these low backhand slices really well for the most part. But as the match approached its crescendo, you could tell the Russian’s legs were starting to find it tough work to get down low for these. This set up the BP’s for Nadal at 2-2. (Eurosport)


— Nadal finding a miracle return lob, and then following up with the perfect drop shot. This set up a BP for the double break (which Nadal needed desperately in the end!). (Eurosport)


INTERVIEW/PRESSER BEST BITS🎤


Medvedev trophy ceremony:

“When I was looking on the screen and they show Rafa win #1, #2, #19 I thought, 'If I would win, what would they show?”

It’s worth watching (Medvedev comes across very well, and was very humble in defeat):

Meddy’s full presser:


Nadal Full Presser:

Nadal Trophy Ceremony:


EXTRAS 🔍📊🎤


— Two very contrasting styles. Nadal with his customary sprinting to the baseline to start the warm-up. Meddy casually strolling.


— Nadal is the oldest men's US Open champion in 49 years.



— Nadal wins his 19th Slam title (one behind Federer).

— Nadal wins his 4th US Open title (only behind Federer, Sampras and Conners with 5)

— Nadal, off clay, now has the same number of slam titles as McEnroe and Wilander won in their entire career (7).


— Medvedev was right when he said, post loss to Nadal in Montreal, that he’d do better next time. He adapted his court position brilliantly, especially in the latter sets, becoming significantly more offensive than in their previous match. This contributed to him looking unbeatable for parts of the 4th and 5th sets.


— That match will have certainly taken its toll on Nadal. Credit to @troublefault for this video.


NEW BALLS PLEASE 👀



— Medvedev clearly prepped for the match by handmashing a chalkbag.




— Medvedev was 0-30 up with Nadal serving to stay in the 3rd set. TFW your girlfriend doesn’t conform to Rafafandom:


Medvedev looked super-humbled when he was given an extended ovation by the crowd. But he slipped in a wee bit of trolling just for good measure:


— The Nadal box on championship point.


— Slam title No19. Still looks like it means just as much to him as No.1.


— Your 2019 US Open Champion.


I hope you’ve enjoyed The Racquet’s Montreal, Cincinnati and US Open coverage. It’s been a blast to make.

Feel free to comment below, or reach out on Twitter with any questions or comments.

✌️Matt


GAME, SET, MATCH 👋


— The Racquet is created, and written, by Matt.

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