Rafael Nadal spoke about the US Open crowd booing Novak Djokovic following the Serbian player's retirement against Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round. Asked if Djokovic deserved to be booed, Nadal replied: "He doesn't deserve it of course.
He is a super athlete and he had to retire because he was not able to continue at all. For him it's much more painful than anyone on the Arthur Ashe Stadium because he missed an opportunity to win a Grand Slam, he was playing on one of his best surfaces, hard, after winning Wimbledon.
It would have been a good opportunity for him." The Spaniard also spoke about Rod Laver: "It means he a lot that he is still around our sport. When we see him following our events makes it more special. It's so important that our Tour pays the right tribute to all these legends and Rod is one of them, one of the best in our sport ever.
He could have won more Grand Slams than anyone. He is at the top on the history of our sport. He means a lot for the fans and the tournaments. What makes sports bigger and more important is the combination of new great things with the past legends."
The 1987 Wimbledon winner Pat Cash praised Nadal's around the net winner: "Freak of nature. Odds on Fed v Rafa final in this form. Then again Stan the man is still there!"