In front of him was a young opponent in his first slam final who displays aspects of Djokovic's stretching defence and Federer's outrageous cleverness.
It was Medvedev, an unorthodox and unpredictable shotmaker from Russian Federation with a taste for risk but also an astonishing ability to extend points.
It was the second Slam title of the year for Nadal after taking his 12th French Open crown in June.
But the 23-year-old won the crowd over during his run to the final, where he was attempting to become the youngest Grand Slam champion since Juan Martin del Potro won the US Open in 2009.
But while the youth movement is well underway in the women's game, regime change will have to wait a little longer still in men's tennis.
After eventually emerging with a 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Daniil Medvedev in a memorable seesaw of a US Open final last Sunday, Nadal insisted that, yes, he wants the record by the time he's done, but, no, it's not all that matters to him or how he'll define his own happiness.
It was a great tussle and a fitting way to mark the end of a great decade in men's tennis at the majors.
Sunday's teeth-grinding five setter, which he could have ended way before its eventual four hours and 50 minutes duration, proved to everyone - including the victor - that, at 33, he has the will to continue. At the end of the 2009 season, the top three players in the rankings were Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic.
The battle for most Grand Slams is expected to go on with Nadal aged 33 and Djokovic 32.
Rory McIlroy voted PGA's player of the year
McIlroy meanwhile admitted he had been somewhat surprised to pip PGA Championship victor and world number one Koepka to the award. He said at the start of the year at Kapalua, which he had not previously played, that his emphasis would be in America.
Virat Kohli hints MS Dhoni retirement today?
But it ended up creating a virtual buzz around whether Dhoni had informed the Indian skipper about his future plans. The rumour gained value after India captain Virat Kohli's tweet on his predecessor.
Trump Administration to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes
But a Juul spokesman said in a statement that the company "strongly" agreed with the need for "aggressive action" on flavors . The restrictions announced by Trump officials would only apply to nicotine vaping products, which are regulated by the FDA.
Nadal, who was in his fifth US Open championship match and 27th Grand Slam final, is the first man to claim five major titles after turning 30. Winning Wimbledon in 2003, the man known as "Fed Ex" (it's short for the Federer Express) has become the default answer when anyone asks who the greatest men's tennis player of all time is. "It's very exciting to see new faces coming up in the WTA, and maybe we need that here as well". "People saw why he is already No. 4 in the world". "We saw so many aspects of Rafa's game, and he played his best match of the tournament". Only bona fide champions can win when it looks likely they will lose.
It can not be sooner than 2020 now. Tears were rolling down his eyes as the large video screen at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows took him - and everyone present there - on a walk down memory lane by showing the highlights of a remarkable career with a stop at every Grand Slam title Nadal had achieved. I would love to be the one who has more, yes. Watch brands are eager to sponsor elite athletes, from tennis champions like Nadal and Federer to fighters like Floyd Mayweather , not for their horological expertise but for their aura which sells.
"I have a really good memory if we talk about tennis".
He recognised in Medvedev not just the tennis qualities of Federer and Djokovic but the extra ingredient it takes to be different from the others. "When you are out there, tactically it's tougher than against anybody else".
It also, Nadal said, made "this day unforgettable, part of my history". "I hope I grew a lot doing these things".
I realized I needed to forget about my heart there for them, he said. They got that, too, after Medvedev earned the only break of the fourth at 5-4. Nadal came of age also playing best-of-five in Davis Cup and even in the Olympic final and some Masters 1000 finals on the regular tour. Nadal is 22-12. And suddenly, here we are in a fifth set, and the crowd is engaged.
"A couple of several years ago, I would not have thought that could be achievable", he said. But at some point mentally, yes.
"My wife always tells me that I have to be happy about myself sometimes, because I'm really self-criticising", said Medvedev.
Arrivé en fanfare cet été, Eden Hazard (28 ans) n'a participé à aucune rencontre officielle avec son nouveau club. Il ne faut pas parler, il faut juste agir sur le terrain, on a des matches pour le faire et on va s'y atteler.
But, if Trump appeals, as is expected, the case could go to the full Second Circuit - and after that, to the Supreme Court. The Justice Department, which is representing Trump in this case, did not immediately respond to a request for comment .
Scientists named originally named it Ultima Thule because the term infers that it's "beyond the limits of the known world". The remaining two lobes formed Ultima Thule , and with its material we have a window into the early solar system.
Baffert requested a second sample be tested by an independent lab, and those results didn't come in until after Justify won. Baffert, JUSTIFY, and the entire horse industry", he proclaims. "I am proud to stand by his record and my own".
It was angling in on off-stump and nibbling away just enough to second slip, where Ben Stokes took a good low catch. The batsman pushed unnecessarily at a wide one and Steve Smith held on to complete a juggling catch at second slip.
Adele didn't confirm her marriage to Konecki until 2017, but the pair apparently has a secret ceremony years ago. With Adele's divorce filing, not only is custody of their son to be determined, but also their finances .
It took more than two decades, but a missing man's remains have been found after a submerged auto was spotted on Google Earth . Investigators found the remains of William Earl Moldt inside a vehicle submerged in a lake 22 years after he went missing.
Sur cette ligne seront fermées toutes les stations entre Saint-Philippe du Roule et Rue des Boulets (NB: Franklin D. Attention: c'est une journée très pénible qui s'annonce dans les transports en commun ce vendredi à Paris.
Texas Lawmaker to Beto O'Rourke: 'My AR Is Ready for You'
A spokesman for Mr O'Rourke said the Texas state legislator had been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation . Secret Service said Friday that O'Rourke is not now under the agency's protection and declined to comment further.
GM recalls 3.5 million USA vehicles due to braking issue
GM also is recalling over 177,000 Chevrolet Malibu sedans from the 2018 model year in the USA because the fuel injectors can fail. The recall comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating in November of past year .
Coupe du monde de basket: l'Espagne file en finale
Avec cette qualification pour les demi-finales, les Espagnols ont fait un grand pas vers les Jeux olympiques de Tokyo en 2020. Ce sera la deuxième finale mondiale de la sélection ibérique, treize ans après son titre de 2006.