The 23-year-old lost in five sets to Rafael Nadal on Sunday. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK—Daniil Medvedev may have lost on Sunday to Rafael Nadal, but he won the awards ceremony speech. The 23-year-old pushed Nadal to a deciding set, losing 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4. 

When Nadal finally closed out his 19th Grand Slam, the tournament played a video showing each of his Slam victories, moving him to tears. 

"When I was looking on the screen and they were showing No. 1, No. 2, No 19, I was like, if I would win, what would they show," Medvedev said. 

He was down two sets and a break before turning the match around.

"To be honest, in my mind I was already like OK what do I say in the speech, it's going to be soon in 20 minutes," he said.

Instead, he lasted 4 hours and 49 minutes. The new world No. 4 addressed the crowd after a few roller coaster moments this fortnight, including two matches where he walked away as the villain. 

 "I know earlier in the tournament I said something kind of in a bad way," he said. "Now, I'm saying it in a good way: It's because of your energy, guys, I was here in the final."