Rafael Nadal: I play to be happy

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Rafael Nadal: I play to be happy

Claiming his 19th Grand Slam, Spaniard Rafael Nadal spoke about his feelings winning his 4th US Open title after taking out Daniil Medvedev in a five set marathon battle. "This trophy means everything to me today," said Nadal.

"Personal satisfaction of the way that I resisted all these tough moments is very high. The emotions have been there watching all the success, all the moments that came to my mind... Yeah, I tried to hold the emotion, but in some moments it was impossible."

He then spoke about the young Russian, saying, "At the same time, Daniil created this moment too," he said. "The way that he fought, the way that he played, is a champion way. Just well done for him. I really believe that he will have many more chances."

This was an amazing feat Nadal achieved and he added, "The way that the match became very dramatic at the end, that makes this day unforgettable... part of my history of this sport”. When asked about the race for the most Grand Slam titles, he added, "I feel honoured to be part of this battle [with Federer and Djokovic].

But I really believe that I will not be happier or less happy if that happens or does not happen," He ended by saying, "I am not going to practice every day or not play tennis for it. I am playing tennis because I love to play tennis”.