World number one Rafael Nadal reflects on winning third US Open title and on his place in tennis history
I would have loved to see Roger Federer lifting the US Open trophy yesterday but it was not to be. Instead, it was his archrival Rafael Nadal winning the title for the third time. Federer’s grand slam haul now stands at 19 with Nadal in second place with 16. Novak Djokovic has 12 which means that since the start of the 2004 season, the ‘Big 3′ have won 46 of the 56 grand slam tournaments held. Astounding. Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka have each managed to win three during this span while Juan Martin del Potro, Marin Cilic, Marat Safin and Gaston Gaudio each managed to win one. NOTE: Safin also won the 2000 US Open and Federer 2003 Wimbledon). At the end of Nadal’s post-win press conference, he reflects on playing in the same era as Federer and Djokovic and how they have brought out the best in each other time and time again for so very long.