Tennis - After beating world no.1 Novak Djokovic in four sets to win the US Open on Monday, Spain's Rafael Nadal says sometimes he does not know how is able to beat the Serb.
Nadal, who has now won fix of their last seven meetings, told a small group of reporters after his win in New York, "Sometimes I really don't know how I am able to beat him at all. But maybe he felt something similar and that's the most important thing: I know that I am playing at my limits when I am playing against him, and I have big hopes he feels something similar to me."
“I was able to forget a little what happened. Because when you are in bad dynamic like I was in 2011—I remember before the final of the U.S. Open I was in the locker room and I was not convinced I would have the chance to win. But the third set of that day [which Nadal won 7-6 (3)] was very important. I was able to change that situation, to fight more than in previous matches against him and there was a way for me to play, fight for every ball and play aggressive. There were a lot of amazing points in that set and you couldn’t hear the ball because the crowd was so crazy. That means it was very high quality.
"I had to wait a little bit increase my level again and for him to lose a little confidence in his game. In Australia I felt like I had changed the dynamic against him even though I lost. After that I felt I had found a way to beat him.”