Rafael Nadal sobs, umpire is booed and Daniil Medvedev delivers killer speech after US Open final

Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev stand with their US Open trophies
Nadal and Medvedev placed on an actual present (Picture: /AFP/Getty Images)

The fast aftermath of the US Open final was nearly as entertaining because the five-set traditional that got here earlier than it! Almost.

In a heartwarming second, Rafael Nadal, fully overwhelmed after a 7-5 6-Three 5-7 4-6 6-Four win over Daniil Medvedev in 4 hours and 51 minutes, sobbed along side the courtroom as his 19 Grand Slam wins had been proven on the large display.

A matter of minutes later, a bit of the notoriously venomous crowd had been as much as their outdated tips as they booed chair umpire Ali Nili – who handed Nadal three time violations within the match – however the Spaniard was fast to applaud him.

The scenes had been harking back to the ladies’s final a 12 months earlier when boos rained down on the stage – though Carlos Ramos was not given his present on courtroom after an notorious row with Serena Williams. It’s one thing that hopefully gained’t develop into a convention on the final Grand Slam of the 12 months.



And then, up steps Medvedev.

He might have misplaced the match however he delivered what has to go down as one of many best post-match speeches of all-time

Medvedev: ‘First of all, I simply wish to congratulate Rafa. 19 Grand Slam titles. Something unbelievable. Outrageous.

‘The way you are playing, it’s a giant joke. It’s very robust to play towards you.

‘When I used to be trying on the display and they had been exhibiting No. 1, No. 2… No. 19. I used to be like, if I might win, what would they present?!

‘Again, what you have done for tennis in general, I think 100 million kids have watched you and want to play tennis. Congratulations.’

Asked how he was in a position to flip the match round having been two units and a break down, he humorously added: ‘In my mind I was actually already ok. What do I say in the speech? It’s going to be quickly in 20 minutes…

Losing in three units within the first final. Trying to provide a struggle however not likely and so I used to be like, “Ok I have to fight for every ball”. It went far, huh?

‘Unfortunately it didn’t go my manner.’

Medvedev’s relationship with the New York crowd has been one of many tales of the US Open.

Rafael Nadal holds the US Open trophy in his mouth
Nadal received his arms on the title (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

He was roundly booed in earlier rounds, gave supporters a delicate center finger and then sarcastically trolled them as scorn rained down on him in his post-match interviews as he took on the position of tennis villain.



Now, nevertheless, he has warmed the hearts of the Big Apple and he delivered a message to these he’s gained over.

‘I want to talk about you guys,’ he added. ‘I know earlier in the tournament I said something in a bad way but now in a good way, it’s due to your vitality guys I used to be right here within the final.

‘I imply, tonight is going to be at all times in my thoughts. I performed within the largest courtroom within the tennis world and within the third set the place I used to be already considering which speech ought to I give, you guys had been pushing me to lengthen this match since you wish to see extra tennis.

‘So because of you guys I was fighting like hell.’



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