Entertainment Sports Rafael Nadal Defeats Daniil Medvedev in Five Sets in 2019 U.S. Open Men's Singles Final Going into the annual tournament, Rafael Nadal, 33, was seeded second, while the 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev was seeded fifth By Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble is a Senior Digital News Editor and the Sports Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She's worked at PEOPLE for over seven years as a writer, reporter and editor across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Super Bowl to the Met Gala. She's been nominated for the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30, and previously wrote for Us Weekly while on staff at Wenner Media. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 8, 2019 09:12PM EDT Share Tweet Pin Email Rafael Nadal secured his 19th Grand Slam men’s singles title on Sunday, when he defeated Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the 2019 U.S. Open men’s singles final at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. During the five-hour match, Nadal won the first and second set 7-5, 6-3, respectively. Medvedev took the third, 7-5, and then the fourth 6-4. Nadal ultimately won the fifth set, 6-4. Going into the annual tournament, Nadal, 33, was seeded second, while the 23-year-old Medvedev was seeded fifth. Sunday marked Medvedev’s first Grand Slam final. The young athlete has five ATP singles finals to his name. Bianca Andreescu, 19, Defeats Serena Williams in U.S. Open Women’s Singles Final Ella Ling/BPI/Shutterstock Nadal previously won the U.S. Open three times, most recently in 2017. Ahead of the match, Nadal said he was “super happy to be back in the final of the US Open,” USA Today reported. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Over the summer, Nadal made history when he claimed his 12th title overall at the French Open. The star is undefeated in his French Open appearances and holds the most titles for singles, male or female, in tennis history. This year’s win was also his third straight French Open win.