Rafael Nadal could not fight back the tears after his dramatic US Open final win against Daniil Medvedev and after admitted it was impossible for him not to cry in the aftermath of his 19th Grand Slam title.
As a video flashed up on the big screen showing all of Nadals 19 major wins, the world No. 2 sobbed into his hands in a moving on-court moment.
With his physical reserves depleted following a four hours and 51 minutes battle with Medvedev, the four-time champion reflected on his great career – the highs and lows – and found himself overwhelmed with emotion.
Well, we are getting old, he smiled in his post-match press conference. In some way thats good. See all the things I went through, be able to still being here is so special for me.
I went through some tough moments, physically especially. When you have physical issues, then mentally things became much more difficult, no?
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The emotions have been there watching all the success, all the moments that came to my mind in that moment. Yeah, I tried to hold the emotion, but some moments was impossible.
It was a titanic tussle with the rising Russian star under the lights on Arthur Ashe.
Nadal collapsed on his back on the court after he finally triumphed in a 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 win and he hailed Medvedev for helping to create one of the most memorable finals in tennis history.
The last three hours of the match have been very, very intense, no? Very tough mentally and physically, too, Nadal added.
Yeah, at the end with the video, the crowd that have been as always amazing, all these facts that make the moment super special, no? Unforgettable moment.