Thursday, September 16, 2010
Barely 48 hours after lifting the US Open trophy in New York, world number 1, Rafael Nadal was in Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu for the champions league match between Real Madrid and Ajax Amsterdam.
The Spanish phenomenon was asked to step on the pitch before kickoff, as the whole stadium watched footage of his US Open victory.
And just to top off an amazing night for Nadal, his favorite team, Real Madrid, notched their first champions league victory of the season with a 2-0 win over Ajax.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Possibly one of my favorite moments in this tournament was Djokovic taking the cheque from Rafa, so that Rafa can lift the trophy, then both players joking around about who gets to keep the cheque.
“Maybe emotionally I was a little bit drained after the semifinal match, but I recovered. I had two days, and I was motivated to win this match, and this is one of the matches where the opponent plays better than you, and you just have to congratulate him and tell him, ‘You're better.’ That's it. I don't think I played a bad match overall. It was very good performance from my side. But whenever it was important, he was the one who was playing just too good.”
-- World number 2 and US Open finalist, Novak Djokovic, after losing the US Open final to Rafael Nadal
People often called him a whiner, speculated his resilience and questioned his attitude, but Novak Djokovic silenced the skeptics on Monday night as he did everything he could to try and beat a superhuman Rafael Nadal in the 2010 US Open final. The Serb failed to win the trophy, but won the respect of 1000s of tennis fans instead, and the quote above just shows how much he has grown, and how we should expect much more from him in the future.