Rafael Nadal: 'In the last game of US Open final, I struggled to breathe'


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Rafael Nadal: 'In the last game of US Open final, I struggled to breathe'

In an interview to Cope Rafael Nadal looked back to his US Open final win over Daniil Medvedev. "In the last game, I struggled to breathe. It was one of the most emotional finals. In the beginning, it was good and then it turned more difficult.

But I ended up winning and I am very happy." On his tactics, Nadal added: "When my opponent is playing and he is very tall you have to look for solutions, I am used to it as I have been doing it for many years.

Sometimes it goes better, sometimes bad, and on Sunday, despite it was at the limit, it ended up very well." Nadal got a time violation warning on the first game of the match and then he also had to give up the first serve during the match.

"If you saw me, I was never angry. I think (the umpire) could have been less strict when it came to recovering between points, but it was not like this and I had to accept things like they went, because he takes the decisions.

Me, by getting angry or losing energy, I would have been less focused. I wanted to avoid it." On possibly catching Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slam titles record, he said: "I will keep being my way. I will try doing things as well as possible and I will try to have chances to keep living moments like the US Open now."

In order to recharge batteries, Nadal saw some movies at home without trying to think too much about tennis. "I started seeing Chernobyl and then Stranger things."