During the five-hour match, Nadal won the first and second set 7-5, 6-3, respectively. Medvedev took the third, 7-5, and then the fourth 6-4. Nadal ultimately won the fifth set, 6-4.
Going into the annual tournament, Nadal, 33, was seeded second, while the 23-year-old Medvedev was seeded fifth.
Sunday marked Medvedev’s first Grand Slam final. The young athlete has five ATP singles finals to his name.
Nadal previously won the U.S. Open three times, most recently in 2017.
Ahead of the match, Nadal said he was “super happy to be back in the final of the US Open,” USA Today reported.
Over the summer, Nadal made history when he claimed his 12th title overall at the French Open.
The star is undefeated in his French Open appearances and holds the most titles for singles, male or female, in tennis history. This year’s win was also his third straight French Open win.