The 18-time Grand Slam winner Martina Navratilova drew differences about Rafael Nadal between his on-court and off-court character. The former American player, speaking on Amazon Prime, said: “Nadal is a nice guy off the court, on the court, he is a bully.
He just bullies you around the court with his intensity of being and intensity of shots. Just relentless keeps coming at you. Can’t get away from him." Rod Laver praised Nadal's topspin left-handed forehand: "It's amazing to see Rafa control the ball so well...."
Asked if Nadal is not worried about Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic about holding most Grand Slam titles, Daniela Hantuchova replied: "Definitely so. I saw his reaction and he said ‘It is not about that. I don’t want to be comparing myself to someone else,’ To him it is all about winning this title and wherever that’s going to leave him in the history paper that’s for the rest of us to discuss.
All that he cares about is winning the next point”. Nadal is just one Slam away from equaling Federer's 20 Slams. Djokovic with 16 Slams, is four away. Meanwhile, the US Open drew its highest attendance ever as 737,872 people came to the Billie Jean King Tennis Center during the two-week event. It's 853,000 if we also consider the US Open Fan Week where players practice and qualies matches take place.