The Tennis Podcast: Rafael Nadal forced to dig deep by Daniil Medvedev in epic US Open final

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Rafael Nadal was exhausted at the end of his five-set US Open final victory over Daniil Medvedev - USA TODAY Sports
Rafael Nadal was exhausted at the end of his five-set US Open final victory over Daniil Medvedev - USA TODAY Sports

The men’s final at the 2019 US Open developed into an all-time classic, one that demonstrated all of Rafael Nadal’s fighting qualities, showed exactly why Daniil Medvedev is a good thing for men’s tennis, and left the Grand Slam Race more alive than ever.

That’s the assessment of presenters Catherine Whitaker (Amazon Prime Video, Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) as they break down the match on The Tennis Podcast.

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How did Medvedev manage to turn the match into an epic? Has any player ever dug deeper than Nadal? In what way has Medvedev shown himself to be a figure that men’s tennis desperately needed? Where does 2019 rank in terms of Nadal’s all-time best seasons? And what did Nadal’s outpouring of emotion at the end tell us?

The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year, in association with The Telegraph.

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