The Latest: Nadal wins 1st set of US Open final


NEW YORK (AP) – The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

Rafael Nadal won the first set of the U.S. Open final 7-5 over Daniil Medvedev.

The set topped the hour mark at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nadal is trying to win a 19th Grand Slam singles title.


4:15 p.m.

The U.S. Open men’s final has started at Flushing Meadows.

Rafael Nadal is trying to win a 19th Grand Slam singles title and Daniil Medvedev gets a chance for his first. A victory for Nadal would move him within one of Roger Federer’s men’s record for major championships. Nadal is trying to win the U.S. Open for the second time in three years, and fourth time overall.

Medvedev is in the final of his fourth straight hard-court tournament, with a victory in the most recent one.


3 p.m.

Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka have won the U.S. Open women’s doubles championship.

The duo defeated Victoria Azarenka and Ash Barty 7-5, 7-5 on Sunday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Mertens and Sabalenka lost only one set in the tournament and won their first Grand Slam title as a team. They faced only one other seeded team on their way to the title.

Mertens was defeated in singles play in the quarterfinals by Open champion Bianca Andreescu.

Later in the day, Rafael Nadal is playing for his 19th Grand Slam championship when he faces Daniil Medvedev in the U.S. Open final.


8 a.m.

Rafael Nadal can win his 19th Grand Slam championship to move within one of Roger Federer’s record for men by winning the U.S. Open final against Daniil Medvedev.

The 33-year-old Nadal will be playing in his 27th major final and the 23-year-old Medvedev is in his first on Sunday at Flushing Meadows.

Medvedev had never been past the fourth round at any Grand Slam tournament until this one.

He has been terrific on hard courts in recent weeks, going 20-2 and reaching four finals in a row.

One of those came against Nadal, who beat the Russian in straight sets at the Montreal Masters in August.


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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, during the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)