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US Open 2019 proves tennis future is bright beyond legends of the sport

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Daniil Medvedev engaged the New York crowd like no one else (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Its been a thoroughly entertaining fortnight at the US Open. It had it all.

There have been tears, boos, heaps of controversy, shocks, laughter and crazy post-match speeches. What more could you want?

At the end of both the mens and womens final both champions fell to the floor.

The first, Canadas Bianca Andreescu, was overwhelmed by her giantkilling win against Serena Williams. It was her first Grand Slam title. Her countrys first major singles win.

The second, and far more familiar face Rafael Nadal, hit the court with pure exhaustion after beating Russias Daniil Medvedev in a four hours and 51 minutes final.

Rafael Nadal collapses to the court after his US Open win
Rafael Nadal was left exhausted after the US Open final (Picture: Kyodo News via Getty Images)
Bianca Andreescu falls to the floor after her US Open win
Bianca Andreescu fell to the floor (Picture: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

While Andreescu broke down in tears in her post-match press conference, Nadal was left sobbing on the court.

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There are almost too many narratives to unpick but perhaps the most important is the sense that tennis may not be such a gloomy place after all when the legends of a golden generation hang up their racquets.

Sure, Medvedev didnt quite get over the line but he leaves the Big Apple with hordes of new fans.

He was at odds with the crowd during the tournament. Having given supporters the middle finger and trolled them while a chorus of boos during rained down on him, the Arthur Ashe crowd chanted Med-ve-dev repeatedly during his final defeat.

He may have lost the final but his post-match runners-up speech will go down as one of the finest ever given.

Humor.
Adulation.
Respect.

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Congratulations on a remarkable two weeks, @DaniilMedwed!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/oKOkmboQTc

— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2019

Tennis legends, such as Boris Becker, have spent the year bemoaning the lack of breakthrough at Grand Slam level for the games up-and-coming stars but even in defeat, this final felt a significant moment.

Hes certainly impressed John McEnroe during the tournament, who told Amazon Prime ahead of the final: He is like a chess master – I love this guy. Strategically, hes one of the most brilliant young guys Ive seen in ten years.

The manner in which he fought back from two sets down against Nadal will permanently endear him to US Open fans. Now officially the worlds fourth best player, he looks best placed to go on and finally release the grip of the Big Three stranglehold.

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If mens tennis has been starved of breakthrough stars, the womens game could perhaps be accused of lacking enough consistent figureheads at the top of the sport.

For the third straight year the four Grand Slams have been split among four winners but, just as was the case with Naomi Osaka here in 2018, there appears to be another star who is capable of dominanting.

Andreescu has everything at her disposal.

A brutal forehand and powerful serve. The ability to mix things up with cutting slice and drop-shots. A desperate will to win. And, most importantly, no fear of anyone.

Bianca Andreescu holds her US Open title
Bianca Andreescu with her US Open title (Picture: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

She was simply too strong for Williams in Saturdays final and staved off an impressive fightback in the second set from the 23-time Slam winner amid a raucous atmosphere on Ashe. Many would have cracked.

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