Rafael Nadal's career is studded with great successes and incredible records: with 19 Slams he is aiming Roger Federer's record, but the Spaniard has achieved other great goals, such as the twelve triumphs at the Roland Garros and all the titles on clay-courts.
For each season, however, there is a particular goal, an achievement that should be highlighted. Rafael Nadal's 2010 was a sensational season: he won the French Open and Wimbledon, respectively his seventh and eighth Slam title.
It was a year during which the Spaniard won a total of seven titles, including three Slams. It was, until that moment, the best year of his career. Between August and September, 2010 Rafa played the US Open, last Slam tournament which was still missing from his collection.
Nadal played in New York as the top-seed and, in the first four rounds, he didn't lose a single set, even though in the first round match he needed two tie-breaks to overcome Tejmuraz Gabasvili. He, therefore, defeated Denis Istomin, Gilles Simon and Feliciano Lopez.
Rafael Nadal's last rounds at the US Open 2010
In the quarter-finals, he eliminated another countryman after Lopez: Fernando Verdasco, always in three sets. Nadal didn't lose a set even in the semifinal against Michail Juznyj.
In the final on Arthur Ashe Stadium Nadal faced Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard won in four sets 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 winning his first US Open and completing the Career Grand Slam, crowning an exceptional season. "Rafael's serve in 2010 was totally different than today.
Movements change and there are days when you feel the ball differently. This makes the situation different and in the end, you make a drastic change," said uncle Toni about his nephew Rafael Nadal in 2017, highlighting how extraordinary that 2010 was, and what better city than New York to make a dream come true?
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