Against 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev, Nadal again proved the logic-defying dominance of the Big Three: He, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are still at the top of the rankings.

For a tennis champion devoted to his routines, Rafael Nadal has certainly managed to navigate plenty of change.

Signs of the times were everywhere as he prevailed in a draining and dazzling US Open final over Daniil Medvedev on Monday.

When Nadal won his first US Open in 2010, there was no retractable roof high over his head, no digital serve clock counting down in a corner of Arthur Ashe Stadium to

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