Nadal has 2-set lead in US Open final

US Open: Hunger and passion sees Rafael Nadal's appetite continue unabated

US Open: Hunger and passion sees Rafael Nadal's appetite continue unabated

To hammer home their enduring appeal and dominance, Federer and Nadal shared the four Slams in 2017 - Federer beating Nadal in the Australian Open final before capturing a record eighth Wimbledon. All of his big victories have come while being coached by his uncle, Toni, who is now stepping aside. The tennis scene has been dominated by both these players for long now but the best part of this legacy is that both players not only rekindled the rivalry between each other but also kept the fire for other Major trophies.

"We've never had a hungrier player than Federer and Nadal and I would say that Nadal is probably much hungrier than Federer", the Swede added. He had cemented the No. 1 ranking he regained in August after a three-year hiatus just one year after he stood at No. 9.

"Since the beginning of the year it has been very emotional, and to close the Grand Slam year by winning in NY, I just can say thank you to life for that opportunity and thank you to my team and my family and everybody".

The 2009 champion Del Potro has always been a sentimental favourite on the tour, a status created by his lengthy battles against wrist injuries, which required four surgeries.

At 3-all, 30-all, Anderson double-faulted to offer up Nadal's fifth break point of the match, then badly pushed a forehand wide.

The tennis season in 2017 took a leaf out of the history book as the Swiss-Spanish duo pocketed all four grand slam singles title in the calendar year amongst them. He was 16 for 16 at the net during Sunday's US Open final as he picked the ideal and right moments to come forward and showed no mercy when finishing the points with those volleys. "But I think Rafael has played well and was the best of the people who has played".

Carlos Moya is confident Rafael Nadal can continue to challenge for grand slams despite his advancing years. And if you're Rafa Nadal, when you lose you roll up your sleeves and work hard enough to make sure that, one day, you starting winning again.

Nadal won the 16th grand slam of his career when he beat Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-4 in the US Open final at Flushing Meadows on Sunday.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are back and how! "You can play well into your 30s".

And although he lost to Roger Federer in the title clash, that victory was massive in instilling self-belief and setting the tone for the rest of the season.

A Rafa of two years ago might have still persisted with it, but not this Rafa.

The Spaniard recorded some of his finest performances in 2010 winning the last three Grand Slams titles of the year after conceding the Australian Open to a knee injury.

"For me, what is more important, more than winning slams is to be happy", said the 31-year- old Spaniard, "I am happy if I am healthy, and happy if I feel competitive and that's what happened this year".

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