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Nadal defies inspired Medvedev in five-set epic to win US Open

Monday, 2019-09-09 09:20:53
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Sept 8, 2019; Flushing, NY, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain wins the first set against Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the men’s final match on day fourteen of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre. (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)
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Rafa Nadal battled past an inspired Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 in a thrilling final to claim his fourth US Open crown on Sunday, moving within one Grand Slam title of matching his great rival Roger Federer’s all-time record.

Already the King of Clay, the Spaniard has been a master of the Flushing Meadows hardcourts this New York fortnight but he had to dig mighty deep to beat the Russian and bring his Grand Slam career tally to 19, just one behind Swiss Federer.

* Greece's miserable run in the Euro 2020 qualifiers continued on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by a Liechtenstein side who had lost their previous five games in the group without scoring.

* Italy maintained their perfect record in Euro 2020 qualifying when a harsh penalty converted by Jorginho gave them a 2-1 win in Finland on Sunday. Italy lead Group J with 18 points from six games, six ahead of second-placed Finland who remained on course for their first-ever major tournament appearance despite the defeat.

* Spain homed in on Euro 2020 by easing past the Faroe Islands 4-0 on Sunday for a sixth straight qualifying win that featured two goals each from Rodrigo and Paco Alcacer and moved them further clear at the top of Group F.

* Winger Emil Forsberg drilled home a second-half equaliser to grab a point for Sweden as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Scandinavian neighbours Norway in their Group F Euro 2020 qualifier in Stockholm on Sunday.

* Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka won their first career Grand Slam title with a hard-fought 7-5 7-5 win over Ash Barty and Victoria Azarenka in the US Open doubles final on Sunday.

* Some 25,000 Argentine soccer fans on Sunday cheered the country's legendary World Cup winner Diego Maradona as he kicked off his new role as coach of the local club Gimnasia y Esgrima to revive the struggling team.

* Charles Leclerc triggered frenzied Ferrari celebrations on Sunday (Sep 8) after holding off a race-long Mercedes challenge to take the Italian Formula One team's first home grand prix victory since 2010. Valtteri Bottas was second for Mercedes with five-times world champion Lewis Hamilton a distant third after tyre wear took its toll in a thrilling battle with the 21-year-old Monegasque.

* Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has entered the danger zone for a race ban after falling foul of Formula One stewards on a nightmare Italian Grand Prix Sunday for the German. The four-times world champion was handed three penalty points for dangerous driving in his team's home race, taking his tally to nine.

* Robert Prosinecki stepped down as Bosnia's head coach after their 4-2 defeat in Euro 2020 qualifying on Sunday left them with only a forlorn chance of reaching the finals, the Balkan nation's football association said.

* Italian Matteo Trentin snatched victory on the second stage of the Tour of Britain and the overall lead on Sunday as home rider Alex Dowsett's bid for glory fell just short. After a day riding around the Scottish borders Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin) attacked with 3km of the stage remaining but was overhauled 100m from the line in Kelso, Scotland as Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) stormed through in a thrilling sprint finish.

* England's Paul Casey produced a bogey-free final round of six-under-par 66 to win the European Open by one stroke in Hamburg on Sunday. World number 17 Casey edged past overnight leaders Bernd Ritthammer and Robert MacIntyre with three birdies on the back nine to finish 14-under for the tournament at the Green Eagle Golf Course.

* Armenia captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored twice as Armenia stunned Bosnia with a dramatic 4-2 win in their Euro 2020 qualifier on Sunday. The win lifted Armenia above Bosnia in Group J as they moved into third place with nine points, three behind Finland. Bosnia are fourth with seven. The top two qualify for next year's tournament.