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Here's to a good final :flowers:!

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Can't wait for the Final tonight, let's go Rafa :cheer: :cheer:
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French Open, Wimbledon + U.S. Open back-to-back-to-back. Holy s**tballs.

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Rafa completes the Career Slam then at just 24 and is the US Open Champion :applause: :applause: :yahoo: I'm absolutely delighted for him and what a terrific match we have enjoyed there. Some of the tennis, the ball striking and the winners was as good as you'll likely ever see. Djoko fully played his part too and what an effort he put in and at times even Rafa playing that well had no answer to what he was producing. Just couldn't quite keep it going for long enough periods and up against Rafa there's no harder opponent to maintain such a high level against. For Rafa wow at 24 he's the CURRENT US Open Champion, the Wimbledon Champion, the French Open Champion, the World Number 1, the Olympic Champion and Davis Cup Champion as well as a former Australian Open Champion!! Wow he really does have the lot and the way he's developed his game and just kept improving year upon year nobody deserves it more. And he's also proved me so right after how good I said he would be back in 2005 and that he would conquer all surfaces and tournaments 1 day.

Sensational match, Rafa is absolutely incredible, Djoko was absolutely brilliant and I feel really bad for him today that he had to lose after playing like that. 2 fantastic sportsman out there, 2 of the classiest guys you could ever come across and we are lucky to have them at the very top of our sport :)

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French Open, Wimbledon + U.S. Open back-to-back-to-back. Holy s**tballs.

Not to mention three consecutive clay Masters wins and an immense lead in the ATP rankings. This day is special for Rafa and his fans all around the world.

THANK YOU RAFAEL NADAL FOR THIS AMAZING PERFORMANCE. YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST!

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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BRAVO RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NADAL D. DJOKOVIC 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 IN 3H43'

NADAL 2010 US OPEN CHAMPION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AT AGE 24, CAREER GRAND SLAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BRAVO RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ERES EL MEJOR!!!!!

GRACIAS!!!!!

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9 majors at age 24. Wouldn't surprise me to see him reach 20. Too soon for these kinds of predictions?

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NADAL, A MIRACLE!!!

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9 majors at age 24. Wouldn't surprise me to see him reach 20. Too soon for these kinds of predictions?

Definitely.  :rofl_2:

Let him enjoy his 9th.

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this is probably the most emotional moment in all those years, even better that his first wimby title in 08!!!

AWESOME RAFA!!!!!!!!!! :)

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Nadal defeats Djokovic to win first US Open title and complete career Grand Slam
By Erin Bruehl
Monday, September 13, 2010
It took two days and waiting out a two-hour rain delay, but Rafael Nadal finally won his first US Open title.

He was tested for the first time against No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic, as he was broken more times in the match than he had in all his previous matches combined and lost his first set in the tournament but still prevailed 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to win his ninth career Grand Slam tournament title and become the seventh man in history to complete the career Grand Slam.

At 24, Nadal is the third-youngest player ever to complete the career Slam and the youngest in the Open Era. With the win, he also snapped his hardcourt losing streak to Djokovic, who had won their three previous meetings and whom he had not beaten on a surface besides clay since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Both players brought their best tennis, and in a high-quality match, Djokovic fought to the last point, but Nadal was just better on this day and continued to bring the pressure throughout the match, winning the title when Djokovic missed a shot wide.

As Djokovic's shot sailed out, Nadal fell to the court, covering his face and then turned face down, trembling with excitement. In a great act of sportsmanship, Djokovic then came across the net to embrace and congratulate Nadal, who was overjoyed to win his first title in Flushing Meadows.

"First thing, congratulations, Nole and his team, for a great tournament. You are a great player, and you will win this trophy soon, I am sure of it," Nadal said to his opponent. "It is more than I ever dreamed (to win the US Open). It is amazing to be here in this final for me. Just to get to the final was amazing, and now to have the trophy, it is unbelievable."

Nadal entered the match the fresher of the two players after a straight-sets victory over Mikhail Youzhny in the semifinals on Saturday, whereas Djokovic had to battle Roger Federer for five sets before he advanced to his second career US Open final.

It seemed he was given a huge reprieve and an extra day of rest when rain postponed the men's final from Sunday to Monday, but it turned out Nadal, the world No. 1, was still too much.

Djokovic also credited Nadal's outstanding play and deemed him a worthy winner.

"He has the capabilities already now to become the best player ever. I think he's playing the best tennis that I ever seen him play on hardcourts. He has improved his serve drastically. The speed, the accuracy, and of course his baseline is as good as ever, Djokovic, also the 2007 US Open runner-up, said of Nadal.

"I was feeling good on the court tonight from a physical perspective, and just running all over the court and getting a lot of balls back," he added of his condition. "It was just a pleasure performing in front of the people who enjoy tennis so much and support the players."

Nadal played his best tennis throughout the tournament and displayed a much-improved serve that saw him broken just twice in 91 games leading into the final against Djokovic. Against Djokovic, the world No. 3, he was tested the most he had in the fortnight, as he was broken three times and lost his first set in seven matches, but he recovered each time.


"For me, in order to win against (Nadal) tonight, I had to be on the top of my game," Djokovic said. "I was playing really well for most of the match, but then there were some moments in, let's say, third and fourth set where I dropped my focus a little bit. I dropped my level of game and just a little bit on service games. It went for me. He took it away, and he never gave me a chance to go back."

As formidable as Nadal had been in Flushing Meadows, it made getting off to a fast start key for Djokovic. Instead, he came out and lost his opening service game, as Nadal hit a winner down the line to win the game, as he seemed to have the higher intensity and concentration to start the match.

But then he did something that was very rare in this tournament - broke Nadal - to bring the set to 2-all when Nadal made two consecutive errors. He then fought off five break points from Nadal in his next service game, featuring more long rallies, before Nadal finally closed it out with a winner to the right side. Upset at himself, Djokovic then smashed his racquet on the ground multiple times in anger, for which he received a code violation.

Nadal and Djokovic then traded holds to make it 4-3, but the Serb was still trailing a break, from which he was unable to recover.

However, in the second set, the tide started to turn in Djokovic's favor. Starting on serve, Nadal took the ball to serve at 2-1 and quickly went down on two errors and then double faulted for the first time in the match to give Djokovic triple break point. The Serb then converted the break on the next point, when Nadal hit a shot long after a long rally for the 3-1 lead. In the next game, Djokovic's game continued to rise to its top level, as he held at love and then won 11 straight points and grabbed the momentum as well as control of most of the points.

Leading 4-2, Djokovic took the ball to serve, and Nadal quickly started fighting back. The game progressed to deuce, and Nadal then gained the advantage when Djokovic hit a shot into the net. The Serb saved that break point and then another, but Nadal finally evened the set with a deep shot down the left line that Djokovic hit into the net to make it 4-3. He then held to level the set at 4-all.

In the next game, on Djokovic's serve and at 30-all, rain started to fall in Arthur Ashe Stadium, suspending play in the match, and the players immediately left the court after an hour and 40 minutes of play.

The rain delay lasted just under two hours, and Djokovic responded with a hold in the first game back, and the delay appeared to have no negative effect on him. At 6-5 on Nadal's serve, the Spaniard was up 30-15 on an ace, but he missed a volley into the net, and then on a deep groundstroke from Djokovic, Nadal hit a shot wide to give him a break point. Djokovic then earned the break and the second set - with a giant fist pump - when Nadal hit a shot into the net.

As a whole, Djokovic handled Nadal's much-improved serve extremely well and was able to capitalize on opportunities when he had them, converting on three of four break-point opportunities. However, throughout the match, he frequently was on the defensive on his serve, which he did well, as Nadal was only able to convert on six of 26 break-point chances.

But the world No. 1 was not down for long. Nadal grabbed the early lead in the third after Djokovic saved two break points but handed Nadal the break for a 2-1 lead when he missed a forehand wide. He went for the double break lead against Djokovic in his next service game at 3-2 but could not capitalize on three break-point chances in the game.

Djokovic then saved five more break-point opportunities in his next service game to stay in the set and keep himself down one break. As a whole throughout the match, Nadal struggled converting on break-point chances, as Djokovic continued to play great defense and dig deep when needed to keep himself in the set.

But Nadal was giving nothing away on his serve in the third, closing out the third set with a few great serves, including an ace and then one Djokovic could just manage to get his racquet on to give Nadal the set at 6-4 and a two-sets-to-one lead.

"I had this 15-30 chance in 5-4 third set, and then he served, I mean, three amazing serves," Djokovic said "So I think that's one of the key factors today in his win except an amazing baseline game, of course, and great coverage of the court. The serve was fantastic the whole tournament."

In the fourth set, Nadal then grabbed the lead early, as he put pressure on Djokovic at 1-all, earning the break and the lead, when Djokovic hit a shot that clipped the net and then landed past the baseline. He seemed to take control from there, as he had an easy hold to go to 3-1 and then earned the two-break lead in the next game, when Djokovic hit a shot into the net to dig himself a deep 4-1 hole, from which Nadal never allowed him to recover.

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Rafael Nadal: Modest King
By Neil E. Schlecht
Monday, September 13, 2010

Rafael Nadal began his career as the ruler of relatively small provinces, the terre battue of Roland Garros and the red clay of his native Spain. Just out of his teens, though, he audaciously announced his intention to expand his fiefdom to the grasses of London, where Roger Federer's Wimbledon reign was considered invincible.

Most thought Nadal, well, delusional. But true to his determined vision, he dethroned Federer, supplanted him as leader of men's tennis and promptly announced that next on his list of desired conquests was Flushing Meadows.

Today he gobbled that up, too. I guess we should have believed him when he spoke.

When he spake?

Though Nadal has demonstrated himself to be ruthless on court, lording over his subjects and summarily banishing them en route to nine major championships and 42 titles, off court he's anything but imperious. His conqueror persona seems like a character he plays in competition.

With his violently torqued topspin forehand, Nadal's game is thoroughly modern. His demeanor, though, is decidedly Old World.

Away from the rigid geometrical confines of a tennis court, Nadal is a gracious and modest young man, with impeccable manners and respect not only for his rivals but pretty much everyone he comes into contact with: journalists, ballboys, tournament directors, drivers.

If you think this is a kid who was raised right, you're correct. He may have been taught to be a great tennis player, but he wasn't necessarily groomed to conquer the tennis world.

Nadal is famously family-centric. This multimillionaire Mallorcan still lives in his inland boyhood town, Manacor, in a John Boy Walton-like townhouse with each segment of his extended family on a different floor. His coach is his unpaid uncle. The divorce of Nadal's parents, which came as he turned 23, was every bit as debilitating as the patella tendonitis that marred his 2009 season.


Nadal carries his own bags and, despite his fortune and worldwide fame, doesn't expect to be granted extraordinary privileges. His parents and Uncle Toni have taught him how privileged he already is.

As a tennis player, Nadal doesn't assume his very complete game is unassailable. He believes he can continually improve. That's why just two days before the beginning of the 2010 US Open - the title he professed to covet more than any other - Nadal was tinkering with his service action, slightly altering the grip. That audaciousness and willingness to adapt, which immediately garnered him another 10 to 12 mph on his serve and about a 10 percent improvement in points won on serve, is a major reason Nadal is the champion he is.

"I go to practice every day not to practice; I go to practice every day to try to learn something and to keep improving my level," Nadal said after his throttling of Mikhail Youzhny in the semifinal.

Nadal may be alone at the top, but he is happy to share the spotlight. He rarely misses an opportunity to extol Federer as the "best of the history." Even as he rules in their head-to-head matchups, in Nadal's mind, Roger is the greatest ever, and the Spaniard is merely pleased to share the stage with him.


There's a video clip, famous because it is thought to reveal a shocking side of Federer, from the aftermath of their epic battle in Melbourne in 2009. But it may be more revealing about Nadal.

At the close of their spectacular, five-set Australian Open final, Federer broke down in tears, unable to make it through his runner-up acceptance speech before a stunned crowd. It was a supremely awkward moment. The camera panned to Federer's speechless wife, Mirka, and then to Nadal, the victor waiting to accept the trophy.


As Federer tearfully retreated from the podium, Nadal stepped forward to give him a reprieve. But instead of grabbing the mic and celebrating another victory in a major, Nadal, then just 22, instinctively approached Federer and threw an arm around his rival's neck, putting the Swiss in a friendly headlock. Nadal whispered words of encouragement in his ear, and Federer found a way to compose himself.

Nadal wasn't about to allow his friend suffer an embarrassment of that order. It was a striking moment, an act of generosity from the young mensch, Nadal. And it went to the core of the immense respect and friendship he shares with his comrade and fellow champion.


On court after his semifinal victory on Saturday, on a brilliant blue-skied day that eerily recalled another Sept. 11, Nadal made a point of addressing the lingering pain of that day. He later acknowledged his annual pilgrimages to Ground Zero - something most of the public and press were never privy to. In a time of famously self-centered athletes with limited interests, for years Nadal ventured to lower Manhattan each time he came to New York, but he never invited publicity. He went because he wanted to pay his respects.

Nadal surely didn't envision those visits as part of staking his claim to New York real estate. But at just 24, a shockingly young age to possess a career Grand Slam, Nadal has quietly paid his dues.

After what we've been privileged to witness over the past six years or so, who would've expected anything different?

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So many great pics of Rafa last night, here's a few  :)



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Great pictures Chris!!!  :)

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 Interview With: Rafael Nadal!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Congratulations. It's a remarkable achievement what you did out there tonight and in such an impressive fashion with such great play. Now you have the career Grand Slam. Talk about what tonight means to you and this trophy means to you.

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, well, just thank you very much, first thing. Yeah, it was amazing feeling. I think win against Novak is always very, very difficult, and the results say that lots of times, I lost against him. So I think for the first time in my career I played a very, very good match in this tournament. That's my feeling, no? I played my best match in the US Open at the most important moment, so I am very, very happy for that, for sure.

Q. In the career Grand Slam, though...

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I know, for you, very important, that. (Laughter.) You know, I still 24. I have, I know, for me, it's a dream have the career Grand Slam, but this is more dream have the US Open. Is some moments unbelievable feeling because I worked a lot all my life, in all difficult moments to be here, but I never imagined have the four Grand Slams.

Q. Can you talk a little bit how you've improved your hardcourt game? Because obviously you started on clay and then you made a big adjustment for grass. What have you done to become a champion on hardcourts?

RAFAEL NADAL: I did, in 2009, I won in Australia, too.

Q. But you're better now.

RAFAEL NADAL: Maybe, or maybe not. I don't know. (Laughter.) Is part of the moment and part of the situation, no? And part of the confidence. So always when you are playing well and when you are in the right moment with big confidence, seems like you improved a lot. But, you know, there are moments when you are not playing that good, when you lose your confidence, you lose matches, and seems like you are not playing that good and you forgot to play tennis. It's not like this, and it is not like this I improved a lot since 2009. I think I improved my tennis a little bit but is not a radical change, no? Sure, to win in here in the US Open I think is the more difficult tournament for me to play, more difficult conditions to adapt, to adjust my game on this court, for the balls, for the court, for everything, no? In Australia, anyway, if it's hot, the ball, the bounce are higher. And in Wimbledon, is true I have to adjust a lot my game to play in Wimbledon, but in my opinion, play in Wimbledon for me always wasn't that bad, because one of the most important things on Wimbledon is the movements, and I think my movements are good to play well in that surface. The surface help me, because my serve was not that good, that I have today, and with less serve I can do it the same, the same to the opponent as what I have today at this tournament especially and with this serve and with the US Open. For that reason I think the hardcourt always was the most difficult surface to play good for me, especially with the serve because I have to play almost every point, and probably the serve make the big difference in this tournament.

Q. I think you're strong mentally keep point for completing Grand Slam. How you keep your mental so strong, consistent?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I think my the practice is done a lot of years ago, so is not the moment now that I have. I am strong now because I think practice everything you can practice everything. I think the mentality, I practice it a lot, my mentality, a lot when I was a kid, so right now for me it is a little bit easier, I think.

Q. What do you think you have to accomplish to convince yourself that you're ahead of Roger, maybe the greatest ever?

RAFAEL NADAL: Remain a lot of titles, so that's no doubt about that, no? I think I am more than happy that with my titles, for sure I think is talk about if I am better or worse than Roger is stupid, because the titles say he's much better than me, so that's the true at that moment. I think will be the true all my life. But, sure, for me, always, always Roger was an example, especially because he improved his tennis I think during all his career, and that's a good thing that you can copy, no? So I try to copy this, and I know Roger and me are different, much different styles. Being better than Roger I don't think so is the right moment to talk about that, because I am I don't think that.

Q. What do you think the future of your rivalry is with him? How long do you think it will last?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. Well, now Novak is, too, but he has to defend a lot of points now in the end of the season now, Novak, too. He gonna have his chance to be win the year No. 2, Novak, too. But Roger is there, too, to finish No. 2. You know, we start every year, and a lot of new players and good players are there like well, not new, Novak and Andy are not new, Andy Murray, but always come new players, very good players. But for the last six years, Roger and me was we were No. 1 and No. 2, no? So that's probably a great rivalry since that six years. We will see what happens in the future. I am not a genius.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about today's rain delay, what you did during that time and what you told yourself about the match?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, well, the delay, it wasn't in the right moment for me, but just go back to the locker room, have a shower, and have all the tapes another time. That's what I did.

Q. What did you tell yourself about the match at that point?

RAFAEL NADAL: Nothing special, no? I think -- I thought before the match gonna be very difficult for me to win this match today, because the style of Novak is very difficult for me, because he play aggressive, he play very inside the court with very complete shots on the baseline, forehand and backhand, and difficult for me. But I started the match feeling the ball great, and for me what I said to myself is I did another time, so I can do it another time. So just be there, fight every point and try to play with high intensity all the time, so I know if I play with high intensely, put a lot of balls inside and play long. Finally, I think he can be more tired than me, so if the match is long, I think I gonna have a little bit of advantage, and that's what I thought before the match. But if he starts to play like he did in Paris, is true indoor is different, my level is completely different now than what I did in the Masters 1000 in Paris last year, but when he's playing at his best, he's very difficult to stop.

Q. I'm sorry we broke a tradition. Normally when the winner of the Grand Slam comes in the media room, everybody claps. We didn't do it tonight. (Applause.) Second thing, you're ahead of Roger being 24 years old of three Slams. I'd like to know, now that you lost only five times the serve in all tournament, only one set, what is your goal now? Because you won already everything, Davis Cup, Olympic Games, all the four Slams. Is the major goal to reach Roger or something else?

RAFAEL NADAL: Is very, very -- is too far. 16 for me is too far for me to think about that, no?

Q. So what else?

RAFAEL NADAL: My goal is all the time and all my life was the same, is keep improving and feel myself better player next year than what I felt this year. Being better player doesn't mean you gonna win more than you did, because win or lose sometimes is part of the moment and part of the confidence. But my goal remains for me that the Masters Cup is the big, yeah, probably the last big tournament that I didn't win. That's true is the most difficult title for me to win, because we play it in indoor, and when indoor, indoor very quick surface, so gonna be always very difficult if we don't change that. But at the same time is a challenge for me to keep improving to have the chance to play well there and to have the chance to win. So that's what I gonna try this year. For me right now the next goal is try to finish the season much better than what I did in other years. The last part of the season always was difficult for me. Well, today it started to be less difficult, that's true. But, yeah, I want to finish the season if it's possible with a good feeling.

Q. I spoke to Mats Wilander, and he said that you are the most improved player this year. You've won 21 matches and only dropped 2 sets. He says you're one hell of a special athlete. What could you do to improve since you've done so much with all these titles? How do you think you can improve?

RAFAEL NADAL: For me the most important thing is try to keep serving like I did during this tournament. I think that's if I can do it, this most of the times gonna be a big change for me and my tennis career, because if I have that free points that I had during all this tournament gonna be different for me. I can play more aggressive. I can play with more calm when I am returning. So can change a lot. So that's, for me, the first very important part to keep improving. After that, I can improve everything: volley, keep improving the volley, keep improving the position on court, being more inside the court. I improved a lot since last year, but never is enough. I am not a perfect player, so everybody can improve.

Q. Did you expect such good play from Novak in the second set?

RAFAEL NADAL: I expect everything from Novak because he's the No. 2 of the world, and his level is very, very high. I'm sure he gonna win this tournament very soon, no? Because his level is unbelievable, and I think he has the right game to win here and to win in almost every place, no, or in every place. So I wish him the best of luck, because he's a great athlete, but at the same time is a great, great person. When he lose, is not easy to do it what he do all the time when he lose matches. That's very positive for the sport and great example for everybody.

Q. You've achieved so much over these brief years starting maybe with the clay court streak and then winning in so many different circumstances. In the big picture, we sort of debate what are your greatest strengths. What do you think your greatest strengths are as a champion? Is it strokes or focus, willingness to make changes, attitude? What do you think are your two or three greatest strengths?

RAFAEL NADAL: What's my best thing? I think the mentality, attitude on court I think always was good for me. I am positive on court, and I fight all the time. But not the only thing. Positive attitude is not only fight on court. I think I was able to listen all the time to the coach and to have adjustments and to be ready to change things to be better and to improve. So probably that's was the best thing for me. If we talk about the game, for sure for me I think the best thing that I have is my intensity on court, no? When I am playing well, the intensity always is high. The rhythm is high. Sometimes yes but not always I have easy winners or with one shot winner, but I can have winners after three, four shots having a great rhythm all the time, no? So the focus on court I think was -- that's similar, no, the rhythm and focus. I can, I think, play at the same rhythm and the same level long time. So that's what I think my best thing is.

Q. He did a great job fighting off breakpoints. Did this make you nervous, or what did you think when he actually converted with so many great shots?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, on the statistics of the ATP I was No. 1 on breakpoints converted, so I think after this tournament I don't want to be No. 1 on breakpoints converted. Sure, because the second set I had big chance to go for the second break and decide the set before. I had to serve for the set with 5 4, and that's always dangerous. That's when I didn't convert any chance of the to do the second break. For sure was a little bit nervous for me, because especially on the 5 4 I have 15 30. So that was a very important moment, and at that moment I did something that I never did: three serves, one ace and two service winners. So that's the big experience for me, and believe me, that's good.

Q. Can you describe how much things have changed for you in the past 12, 15 months, whether you're surprised at how fast things have changed?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, the life change sometimes, no? Ten months ago seems like I never gonna be another time the same. Now seems I gonna be one of the greatest, so I don't think that's not that bad in that moment and not that good in this moment. So always is in the middle, I think, no? Last year I had a difficult year. Well, I had a great year because when you win a Grand Slam and three Masters 1000 you have a great year, but is true the second half of the year was very difficult for me, have some personal problems, home, and after, I have a lot of injuries, here the abdominal, before, the knees. So, yeah, wasn't an easy year. But is, at the same time, for sure, is not good have these moments but live these moments but at the same time, yes, because after that, when you come back, you are ready to (through translation) value how difficult is win titles and how difficult is be there all the time, no? When I came back and I started to win in Monte Carlo, you know, the emotion is completely different. So when you are winning and winning for a moments, you forgot how difficult this is do, is do it, no, is win tournaments no? So I didn't win a tournament for 11 months. I played for six months very bad. So after that, I think I was ready to come back in January of this year. I started the season playing really well, but the titles didn't came since I started in Monte Carlo, so was four months of playing well but hard moments, too. I was ready to win but without a victory. So I think I was I had great mentality at that moment.

Q. This is not a criticism, but what took you so long to get in here after you left the court? Were you celebrating with your family? Taking a shower? What were you doing that took you so long to get in here?

RAFAEL NADAL: What?

Q. To come over here. What took you so long? It's not a criticism. But what were you doing?

RAFAEL NADAL: Before?

Q. Yeah.

RAFAEL NADAL: I had the control antidoping, and saying hello, all the US Open staff and say thanks, everybody, for the organization, for the facilities that they give me, they give to me. After that, I was with the authorities, they came, thank you very much. Infanta, she came. Cristina, sorry. Cristina came. And the president of the Spanish Federation and the family. Just be out there for the family for a few minutes, and afterwards I was in the locker room organization, and having (through translation) planning? No. Organizing all the clothes. I have show in the locker.

Q. I know you don't like to compare, all right? You don't like to compare this and that and that, but you had so many celebrations, so many great moments in your career, and I saw you last this summer celebrating like if you were crazy when Spain won the World Cup in soccer. I'd like to know which is the emotion that really, you know, that causes you more joy in your life as being the most, the biggest that you never forget more than others?

RAFAEL NADAL: Every feeling is different and at the same time is good, no? Every victory is special, if we speak about my victories. Some ones are more than other ones. This one is very special for me, because is the last one remain. So when Spain won the World Cup was amazing. I was crying like like today, maybe, no? But is different feelings, but at the same time every feeling is unbelievable. But is very difficult to compare. Football is unbelievable. You know how big is football in Spain, or maybe you don't know, but we deserved that title. (Laughter.) We deserved that title a few years ago. Maybe you forgot. You forgot about the World Cup of '94 here? (Laughter.) (Motioning with elbow .) But we don't forgot. It was very emotional moment for us, for World Cup.

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