Last night, the top two male seeds in tennis went head to head, fighting for the title of the 2013 US Open champion. After three hours of game play, my personal favorite, Rafael Nadal came out on top, winning his 13th Grand Slam title at only 27 years old. Although I’ve seen Nadal at his absolute best when he was virtually unbeatable and the number one seed in the sport, I know the struggle he’s gone through to recover from his knee issues last year. He missed out on seven months of competing, including the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and, since then, people have been wondering if Nadal would ever be able to play like he used to. Back in June, Rafa proved his newly regained strength by taking the French Open win and has now proved that his career is far from over.
I must say that this match between Nadal and Djokovic was a nail biter. Nowadays, Djokovic is the only guy who I think can give Nadal some serious competition and I have to give him mad respect for his indisputable talent. This match was like none other with rallies longer than I’ve ever seen, including one that lasted over 50 strokes. It was high paced and on hard court, which we know is not Rafa’s strong point, but, in the end, he was able to secure another title under his belt. With this win, Nadal has won the third most titles in the history of tennis and is only four away from tying with the 17 title record. With any luck, I’ll hopefully be watching Nadal from the stands at next year’s US Open in New York. For now, I’m just glad Rafa is back to playing tennis and is looking healthy. I don’t think tennis would be the same without him, so I’m happy to see he has some more fight left in him. Nadal can now end the year with another victory until the next Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open in January. Congratulations Rafael Nadal… Vamos!