It was probably not the way she would have wanted it, but Ash Barty has reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis following the conclusion of the U.S. Open, the last major of the season.
The shift in the rankings was not due to Barty’s play in the U.S. Open, but rather the fallout of Canada’ Bianca Andreescru beating Serena Williams in the final.
Still, over the course of the season, Barty has delivered consistent results, including her maiden Grand Slam win with the French Open victory earlier in the year.
The women’s game aside, Rafael Nadal won the men’s in a dramatic five set match with Daniil Medvedev.
Nadal took the first two sets and appeared to be cruising to his 19th Grand Slam victory, one short of Roger Federer’s 20, but Medvedev had other notions, taking the third and fourth sets to level the match.
The final score for Nadal was 7 – 5, 6 – 3, 5 – 7, 4 – 6, 6 – 4.
Prior to the match, a reporter asked Nadal if he were motivated to win the U.S. Open in order to continue the dominance of tennis’ majors by the Big Three – Nadal, Federer and Djokovic.
Not long ago, it was the Big Four, until Andy Murray started struggling with his fitness.
Nadal replied to the unusual query, “We don’t need to hold this era anymore. We have been here for 15 years almost. At some point, sooner than later, this era is going to end. It’s arriving to the end. I am 33. Novak [Djokovic] is 32. Roger [Federer] is 38. … The clock is not stopping. That’s part of the cycle of life.”
Nadal needed everything in his bag, as Medvedev was not the least gob struck by the big stage of Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
Ten year’s junior to Nadal, Medvedev was there to battle with every scrap of energy and every stroke he possessed.
He extended Nadal like few have done, taking the match to the fifth set and ultimately stretching it to just under five hours. Nadal has never taken longer to win the U.S. Open. This is his fourth title at the U.S. Open.