Rafael Nadal - "13 is an amazing number!"
Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who clinched his second US Open crown on Monday at Flushing Meadows says that 13 major titles feel good and he is really happy with the tennis he is exhibiting this season.
Even though after winning two Grand Slam titles and five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns this season, the Spaniard believes that winning the calendar-year Grand Slam could be difficult.
“To win all four Grand Slams in one year I think today is impossible for anyone,” Nadal said following his US Open triumph. “That's my feeling. We will see, but today the best players are there all the time, so to win a tournament like this you have to win against Roger, against David, against Andy, against Novak.”
Prior to the US Open the Spaniard was declared the victor of the Rogers Cup and the Cincinnati Masters. After a seven-month injury Nadal has made an exceptional comeback where he has won ten tournaments and has a win-loss ratio of 60-3.
“These players are not losing in the early rounds, so that makes it impossible to be 100 per cent in every tournament. So when your level is a little bit lower, you will lose against these players 100 per cent,” the 13-time Grand Slam champion further added.
“For me, is much more than what I ever thought, what I ever dreamed,” said Nadal. “I’m going to keep working hard. I’m going to keep doing my things to have more chances in the future to be competitive and to produce more chances to win the tournaments like this one… You never know when that starts, when that finishes, but 13 is an amazing number.”
He recorded an eighth historic French Open crown this year and now his next goal is to finish the year as World No. 1. For a year-end World No. 1 battle the Spaniard tennis sensation will have to battle against Novak Djokovic. Both the players have qualified for the ATP Barclays World Tour Finals in London along with Andy Murray. The top eight players on the ranking will play the tournament which is to be held in November.
With 13 major titles in his bag already Nadal will surely look forward to surpass the record of the Swiss Maestro, Roger Federer who holds a record of 17 Grand Slam singles crowns. “My challenge is finish the season well, try to keep playing with good feeling, try to being competitive until the end of the season, and then prepare myself well for the next season,” he said. “This season has been amazing, so just try to keep working well and have opportunities to be competitive.”
Now the real question is, can the King of Clay dethrone Novak Djokovic as the year-end World No. 1? Can the Spaniard blast past Federer’s record of the highest Grand Slam titles?