Rafael Nadal’s victory at the 2019 US Open places the legendary Spaniard in esteemed company — and in some cases elevated him above all other players in Open Era history.
Here are some of the more remarkable facts and figures associated with Nadal’s triumph — and what it has meant for his season, and career.
With his victory, Nadal now owns 19 major singles titles, just one behind all-time men’s leader Roger Federer. It’s the closest Nadal has ever been to Federer in the Grand Slam trophy “arms race”.
The 33-year-old becomes the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall (then aged 35) won the title in 1970.
He becomes the first player in Open-era history to win five Grand Slam singles titles after turning 30; Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rod Laver own four major victories in their 30s.
Now with four US Open titles, Nadal draws level with John McEnroe and just one behind Federer, Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras, who won five each.
He joins Federer as the only player to appear in at least five finals at all four Grand Slam tournaments.
Nadal joins Borg, Sampras, Federer and Djokovic in winning 5+ GS on two different surfaces…. First to do on Clay and Hard Court….
— Roger Laver (@DonaldTendulkar) September 9, 2019
He is now 209-1 in best-of-five-set matches during which he wins the first two sets.
The Spaniard is now riding a 10-match winning streak, and has won 27 of his past 28 matches dating back to May.
After beating Medvedev, Nadal extends his winning streak over Russian opponents to 20 matches.
With his US Open victory, he now owns an ATP Tour-leading four titles in 2019, and leads the ATP Race to London.
The win boosts his 2019 prize money earnings to US$11.9 million.
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