Rafael Nadal gave an interview to RTVE Spanish Radio on Tuesday to analyze his US Open success. The Spanish player was aware of Daniil Medvedev's potential: "He was the best player in the summer, he is world No. 4, he is the player who made most improvements.
You cannot forget it when you head into a Grand Slam final." Asked if this final be compared to the 2008 Wimbledon one against Roger Federer or 2012 Australian Open against Novak Djokovic, Nadal replied: "Everything can be compared and cannot.
It's different situations, it was an emotional match, tiring both mentally and physically, you had times where there were many nerves, a high level from both sides, all the things to make it unforgettable." Mats Wilander had said that Federer will keep playing for a couple more years in order to prevent Nadal from breaking his Grand Slam record.
But Nadal disagrees: "I think he keeps playing because he likes doing it. Then the competition motivates you and looking at his career, he is the best ever and he would like to end up holding most Majors. In the end, it's things that time will tell.
I will think about myself trying to create as many opportunities as possible." Asked what his mindset was after Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer lost in New York, Nadal concluded: "It was an opportunity but as I always say, I can only meet them in the final.
So I go on my way on the other side and it doesn't change a lot. Then if I face them, good. But my goal was to reach the final."