Monday 19 March 2018

Tennis: Rafael Nadal completes career grand slam

Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the US Open. Photo: Press Association
Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the US Open. Photo: Press Association

Rafael Nadal cemented his place in history when he claimed a thrilling four-set victory over Novak Djokovic to secure his first US Open title and complete the career Grand Slam.

The world number one claimed a 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2 victory in a superb match full of stunning tennis from both players.

The match, which was interrupted by rain for an hour and 50 minutes after being delayed since Sunday, was mesmerising with both men combining finesse and fearsome power as well as unrelenting athleticism around the court. Nadal, though, was just too good in every department, although Djokovic pushed the 24-year-old all the way in a match lasting three hours 22 minutes.

Nadal is now just one of seven men to have won the career Grand Slam.

He said: "(Winning the US Open) is more than I dreamt, just to arrive in the final was amazing and to have the trophy in my hands in a few seconds with my heart beating is going to be unbelievable."

Of his opponent, Nadal added: "First thing, I would like to congratulate Novak and all his team for a great tournament, you're a great player and you're going to win this trophy very soon, I'm sure of that.

"I want to congratulate you for a great attitude after losing a grand slam final, that's a great example for the kids."

In turn, Djokovic said: "It's a great honour to be here. I would like first to congratulate Rafa and his team for an amazing tournament.

"Right now he is the best player in the world and he absolutely deserves this title, well done."

Press Association

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