Less than a day after winning the US Open, world number one Rafael Nadal celebrated his hard fought victory -- with family and friends in New York's Times Square. Jon Decker reports.
Less than a day after winning the U.S. Open,- his ninth Grand Slam tennis championship, world number one Rafael Nadal celebrated his hard fought victory -- with family and friends in New York's Times Square.
The 4-set victory over Serbia's Novak Djokovic made the 24-year-old Spaniard the seventh man to claim all four of the sport's grand slam titles - a feat Nadal told Reuters is a dream come true.
"Yeah, unbelievable for me. It's more than I ever dreamed about, that I ever thought I can do so it's just an amazing feeling, and I'm very happy to have my first U.S. Open in my hands now."
After piling up five French Opens, two Wimbledons and an Australian Open, the hard-hitting left-hander had set his sights firmly on the final jewel in the grand slam crown.
"It's . . . I always saw this tournament as very far for me, because it's a tournament I was, my feeling playing this tournament wasn't the best, so yep, finally did and that's very emotional for me."
While Nadal dismisses talk that he's the best tennis player in history, Rafa is the first player in 41 years to close the Grand Slam season with wins at the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
Jon Decker, Reuters.