September 23, 2019
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Nadal approaches ATP rankings' lead

Madrid, Sep 9 (efe-epa).- Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal is on his way to reclaiming his position as the leader of men's Association of Tennis Professionals world singles rankings after the difference between him and current world No. 1, Novak Djokovic was reduced to 640 points.

Nadal gained more points thanks to winning the 2019 US Open after defeating Daniil Medvedev of Russia on Sunday 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in four hours and 49 minutes.

The early departure of Djokovic, the 2018 US Open champion, from the round of 16 at the hands of Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland also helped Nadal get closer to the top of the rankings.

Nadal occupies the second spot with 9,225 points ahead of Roger Federer of Switzerland.

Meanwhile, Medvedev climbed one position up to the fourth, dropping Dominic Thiem of Austria to the fifth spot.

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Kei Nishikori of Japan exchanged positions to be placed seventh and eighth, respectively.

Russia's Karen Kachanov as well as Spaniard Roberto Bautista held their positions tight in this week’s top-10 list.

Further down the rankings, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria rocketed 53 places after reaching the tournament’s semifinal round to become world No. 25.

Argentine Juan Martin del Potro jumped 55 places to world No. 71. EFE

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Bianca Andreescu’s US Open title rockets her to WTA top-5

Madrid, Sep 9 (efe-epa).- Emerging Canadian tennis talent, Bianca Andreescu, jumped Monday to the world top-five ranking following her Grand Slam title at the US Open over Serena Williams.

Thanks to her 6-3, 7-5 triumph on Saturday’s women’s singles final, Andreescu climbed 10 spots to become the new WTA fifth-ranked pro, her best career ranking at the age of 19.

It means that the Canadian player has rocketed more than 100 classification spots since January, as she started 2019 being the 107th-ranked.

Also, it became Andreescu’s first world top-10 appearance.

The US Open title capped a successful year for her, who lifted more trophies in 2019, including two WTA Premier titles at Indian Wells and Toronto.

Australian Ashleigh Barty regained the classification lead, dethroning Japanese Naomi Osaka, after the latter failed to defend her 2018 US Open crown.

Barty had lost the standings top-spot to Osaka on 11 August, but the Japanese player was ousted in the round of 16 at Flushing Meadows, to eventually lose the world number one spot to the Australian. EFE-EPA

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Praise for Nadal after hard-fought victory at US Open

Madrid, Sep 9 (efe-epa).- The world of sports showered Rafael Nadal with compliments after his hard-fought victory in Flushing Meadows, where he earned his fourth US Open crown in a gripping five-set final against Daniil Medvedev, marking the Spaniard's 19th overall Grand Slam victory.

The official Wimbledon account posted to Twitter: “A final we will not soon forget... Rafael Nadal withstands an almighty test from Daniil Medvedev to win his fourth US Open and 19th Grand Slam title.”

The French Open Twitter account added: "19 and still counting.”

Spaniard David Ferrer, who retired last May as a professional tennis player, said: "There are no words to describe what Rafael Nadal is for sports and the values he spreads in all aspects. Thank you!"

“What a match guys!! Unforgettable fight Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev,” Argentine Juan Martin del Potro tweeted, adding “congratulations Rafa!”

American tennis player Sloane Stephens described the match as “unreal tennis - talk about leaving it all on the court”.

“What a battle. Congrats Rafael Nadal and you too Daniil Medvedev.”

The soccer world also had its share of complementing the Spanish star.

Real Madrid commented: “A legend with no limits! Congratulations on your great Us Open victory Rafael Nadal!”

"Real Madrid is very proud to have you as an honorary member of our club,” it added.

Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas said: “History continues. Thank you Rafael Nadal for making us enjoy, and congratulations on those 19 Grand Slams."

“This guy is from another planet!” Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea tweeted.

From the world of basketball, Spain's national team coach Sergio Scariolo said that he has “met many athletes from various disciplines, many of them are capable of achieving incredible results”.

Scariolo added that very few of them deserve “respect and admiration inside and outside the court like Rafael Nadal".

Spanish basketball player Pau Gasol posted a video to his Twitter account congratulating Nadal and said he felt “very proud” of him and called him “the best”.

Lindsey Vonn, former World Cup alpine ski racer on the US Ski Team, commented: “Incredible men’s final! Congrats Rafael Nadal on yet another grand slam title.”

“And hats off to Daniil Medvedev for fighting to the last point,” she added.

Among the praise received by the Spaniard were the words of former tennis player and former world number one Rod Laver of Australia, who handed Nadal the US Open trophy.

"Congratulations Rafael Nadal, a gutsy victory to claim your 19th Major, 4th Us Open crown and 2nd Slam title this year after the French,” Laver said.

“Stand tall friend, you are closing in, it was a privilege to present this trophy to you tonight.” EFE-EPA

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