Rafael Nadal spoke to El Pais for a few minutes on Saturday after his training session ahead of the US Open final against the Russian Daniil Medvedev. The Spaniard is not thinking about getting closer to Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slam titles.
"I am playing to win US Open. I do not think it can be my last chance otherwise it would be a problem", said Nadal. "What I think now it's to win my fourth US Open, only this. I do not think about making the tennis history.
I have a Grand Slam final against a player who has been playing very well. The better player will win. I always tried to go day by day, enjoy things and my little goals." Nadal's main coach Carlos Moya added: "It's closer but we do not speak of it.
We would like to speak of it when the tournament ends. He came here very well, with ups and downs and moments worse than others, but with something in common: during the moments that were not that good, he was able to compete.
Rafa kept fighting and he managed to come back when things were turning complicated. There were critical moments against Schwartzman and Berrettini that may change the dynamic. His competitiveness was ultimate. You cannot expect to reach a Major final by dominating.
Medvedev has a big mental strength. He showed he is a champion, a wall. He moves very well despite his weight and height."