Rafael Nadal says his”unforgettable” US Open triumph against Daniil Medvedev has augmented his own legacy in tennis and admits it was”impossible” to maintain his emotions after his 19th Grand Slam title.
Even the 33-year-old Spaniard held off a fightback from finalist Medvedev that was major seal on his title at Flushing Meadows and to win in five places on Sunday.
Nadal collapsed onto his rear in celebration after an absorbing near five-hour epic and cried courtside as a video of his significant wins was played following the match with the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“This trophy means everything to me today,” said Nadal.
“Personal pride of this manner that I resisted these difficult minutes is extremely large.
“The feelings have been there seeing all the success, all of the minutes that came to my mind… Yeah, I tried to maintain the emotion, but in some moments it was impossible.”
Nadal appeared set to record a routine – if – success when he led by two sets and a rest before Medvedev hit to offer a US Open classic.
“At exactly the same time, Daniil made this moment also,” he said. “The way he fought, the way that he played, is a champion way. Just well. I truly think that he will have many more chances.”
Asked to spell out the size of his most recent achievement, the world No two added:”The way that the match became very striking at the conclusion, making this day memorable… part of my background of the sport.”
Focus necessarily changed into the debate around that member of the’Big Three’ will finish their livelihood.
Nadal moved over one of tying the all-time haul of 20 of Roger Federer in the men’s match, while he moved three names clear of world No 1 Novak Djokovic.
“I’m honoured to be a part of the struggle [with Federer and Djokovic]. But I truly feel I will not be more happy or less happy if that happens or doesn’t happen,” said the Spaniard, who won a Grand Slam in the 2005 French Open.
“I’m not going to exercise daily or not play tennis for it. I’m playing tennis because I love to play tennis.
“I can’t only think about Grand Slams, no more? Tennis is over Grand Slams. I need to think about the remaining things.
“I seem with to be happy. Of course, the victory today makes me happy. All the items that I achieved in my profession are a great deal more than what I thought and what I ever dreamed.”
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