Rod Laver: 'Stand tall Rafael Nadal, you are closing in!'

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Rod Laver: 'Stand tall Rafael Nadal, you are closing in!'

Many tennis and sports personalities reacted to Rafael Nadal's five-set US Open final win over Daniil Medvedev. The Australian legend Rod Laver attended the match on the Arthur Ashe Stadium and he also gave the trophy to Nadal in the prize ceremony.

Through Twitter, he wrote: "Congratulations Rafa, a gutsy victory to claim your 19th Major, 4th @usopen crown and 2nd Slam title this year after the French. Stand tall friend, you are closing in, it was a privilege to present this trophy to you tonight."

Juan Martin del Potro watched the match on TV from Argentina: What a match guys!! Unforgettable fight. Felicitaciones Rafa!!" David De Gea praised the 33-year-old: "This guy is from another planet." Even FC Real Madrid congratulated Nadal: "A legend with no limits!

Congratulations on your great @usopen victory, @RafaelNadal! @RealMadrid is very proud to have you as an honorary member of our club." The WTA Founder Billie Jean King: "One for the ages! Absolutely incredible #USOpen Men’s Singles Final with the indomitable Rafa winning his fourth US Open title.

Congratulations, Rafa!" Sloane Stephens: "Wowwww that was unreal tennis - talk about leaving it all on the court. What a battle. Congrats Rafa and you too Daniil." Lindsey Vonn attended the match: "Incredible men’s final!

Congrats Rafa on yet another grand slam title. And hats off to Daniil for fighting to the last point. Incredible playing by both men!! Thank you @Chase Kristin Lemkau for having us!"