Second-seeded Rafael Nadal registered his fourth U.S. Open title by holding on for a 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 triumph over fifth-seeded Daniil Medvedev on Sunday in a marathon of a final in New York.
The Grand Slam title is the 19th of Nadal's standout career, leaving him one behind Roger Federer's all-time record.
Nadal had 62 winners against 46 unforced errors in the 4-hour, 54-minute match at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nadal previously won the US Open in 2010, 2013 and 2017.
Medvedev had 75 winners and 57 unforced errors, winning 164 total points to 177 for Nadal. He is just the second Russian man to reach the U.S. Open final, joining Marat Safin, who won the 2000 crown by defeating Pete Sampras in three sets.
The loss was just the third in the past 23 matches for Medvedev, who was playing in his fourth straight title match. He won at Cincinnati and lost in the finals at Washington and Montreal. The loss in Montreal was to Nadal in straight sets.
Nadal weathered three break points to hold at 1-1 in the fifth set, then broke Medvedev twice in a row to take a 5-2 lead. With the chance to serve for the match, Nadal was broken, and he squandered two match points in the ensuing game on Medvedev's serve.
Given another chance on his own serve, Nadal saved one break point before converting his next match point in deuce.
Nadal improved to 209-1 when holding 2-0 leads in majors -- the only loss was to Italy's Fabio Fognini in 2015 US Open, while Medvedev fell to 0-5 all-time in five-set matches.
Medvedev forced a fourth set with a strong mixture of resilience and shot-making, coming from a break down to take a 4-3 lead, and then breaking Nadal again on his second set point in the final game.
Medvedev maintained the momentum early in the fourth set and held a 3-2 lead after saving two break points. The sides then traded three holds apiece before the final game, when Medvedev went up 30-0 but was forced to deuce before winning the final two points for the break.
Medvedev appeared to be battling nerves in the opening set when he committed 20 unforced errors.
But he still managed to be tied at 5-5 after winning the 10th game and temporarily holding off Nadal. But Nadal won the next two games to win the set.
It was 2-2 in the second set when Nadal began to assert control with three straight wins. Medvedev won the eighth game before Nadal won the next to claim the set.