Nadal beats Medvedev to win 19th Grand Slam title

first_imgRAFAEL Nadal won his 19th Grand Slam title after holding off Russian Daniil Medvedev’s exhilarating fightback in a gripping US Open final.Spain’s Nadal, 33, won 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 against the fifth seed in New York.Nadal, seeded second, was cruising at two sets and a break up, only for Medvedev to force a decider.But Nadal stopped his momentum to eventually clinch a thrilling victory in four hours and 51 minutes.Nadal’s victory moves him within one of Swiss rival Roger Federer’s all-time leading tally of Grand Slam victories.After taking his third match point, Nadal collapsed to the court in celebration, covering his face as contemplated another famous victory which epitomised all of his fighting spirit.Medvedev, 23, trudged around the net to warmly congratulate his opponent, who looked on the verge of tears as he covered his face with his sweat-soaked vest while taking rapturous acclaim.Those lucky enough to be watching among a near 24,000 capacity crowd were regularly left open-mouthed at what they witnessed, with the majority jumping to their feet and celebrating wildly after every point, helping create an electric atmosphere on a noisy Arthur Ashe Stadium.Medvedev had been booed by the crowd earlier in the tournament, yet heard his name loudly chanted by many as he threatened to complete an extraordinary comeback.Ultimately it was too late as he was unable to become the first man outside Nadal, Federer and Serbia’s world number one Novak Djokovic to claim one of the sport’s biggest prizes since Stan Wawrinka’s victory here in 2016.Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have won the past 12 Grand Slams after the Spaniard lifted the trophy in New York for a fourth time.Now Nadal has the chance to draw level with 38-year-old Federer, who was nine titles better off than his long-time rival in 2007, at the Australian Open in January.Emotional Nadal outlasts latest young challengerDespite Nadal, Federer and Djokovic being in their 30s, nobody has been able to break their stranglehold on the men’s game and Medvedev was the latest to fall short after a heroic effort.That has allowed the illustrious trio to pile on the Grand Slam victories over the past three years, livening up the race to be crowned the greatest of all time, which Federer once seemed certain to win.Nadal, who also won his 12th French Open title earlier this year, is now within one of Federer’s tally for the first time. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Megill plays all-action role in Orange win over St. John’s

first_imgCHESTER, Pa. — Brian Megill was everywhere on Saturday.He played his usual role – shutting down the opposing team’s offense. He scooped up five ground balls, the most on either team. But he also did something he hadn’t done all season: score a goal.Megill was a factor in all elements of the game, igniting Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Big East) to a 13-11 win over St. John’s (3-2, 1-0 Big East) on Saturday at the Whitman’s Sampler Independence Classic in Chester, Pa. The defender showed off his full repertoire, dabbling in many facets of the contest.“I think it was just the way I was picking up ground balls where I was getting out on breaks,” Megill said. “I was able to get ahead of everyone on certain plays.”One of those plays came late in the third quarter. Megill snatched a ground ball and burst the other way. He crossed midfield and dished the ball to Luke Cometti. Cometti passed it back to Megill five yards outside the crease and the senior captain scored the second goal of his career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMegill said he didn’t expect Cometti to pass the ball back to him, but he was ready to shoot right away once he did.“When he passed it back I kind of just caught it, closed my eyes and threw it toward the cage,” Megill said. “Luckily it got caught in my stick and went through his legs.”The go-ahead goal late in the third quarter wasn’t the only time Megill got involved in the offense. Late in the second quarter, Megill caught a pass from Mike Messina and rifled a shot that sailed into the second row of the stands. He hunched over, disappointed with himself.Overall, though, Megill’s defense paved the way for his – and his team’s – offense. Recovering ground balls led to looks in transition, which gave him a chance to get involved in the attack.Megill did struggle, though, against Kieran McArdle, one of the most prolific scorers in the country. McArdle came into the game leading the Big East with 5.5 points per game. Megill shut him down in the first half, but McArdle found openings in the second half and finished with four goals.“He’s a great defenseman,” McArdle said of Megill. “We were running a little bit of middie dodges in the first half. Then we went into our two-man game behind the net and that’s when it gave me a chance to dodge.”Megill anchored a Syracuse defense that largely stopped the Red Storm. And his looks on the breakaway helped push the tempo for the balanced Orange offense.“I love pushing the ball in transition, trying to make something happen for the team,” Megill said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHasscenter_img Related Stories Syracuse’s balanced attack too much for St. John’s in 13-11 Orange victoryAfter committing ample penalties, Syracuse limits Red Storm’s man-up opportunities late in gamelast_img read more