But what is the secret behind the great champion still producing this level of tennis into the later years of his career after being written off by so many in the times of distress and the times of doubt? I have the trophy with me again here in NY. That is a lot of positive energy for me.
Nadal's third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam came off a classic 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 performance.
It's all a far cry from the end of past year when Nadal was ranked at nine in the world and Federer was 16.
Before now, Nadal had won the US Open in 2010 and 2013. He's also the only player in history to win at least one Grand Slam title won in at least 10 consecutive years. Being healthy, you see everything more possible. He converted four of his nine breaking points while Anderson never had breaking chances. "I put a lot of balls in". He was holding and he finally missed that forehand at three-all.
The victory gave the world number one the 16th Grand Slam title.
- Roberta Vinci beats Serena Williams in the semifinals, 2015: Williams was bidding for the first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988, but the 43rd-ranked Vinci won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Better yet, while his last residence on cement was in January 2014 (Doha), "Rafa" has shown that, as in his best years, nothing resisted it, and that his poor season in 2016, disrupted by an injury to an elbow, was no more than a distant memory.
Nadal and Roger Federer have already given a year to their fans filled with excitement and shocking results. "But here we are, and can just say thanks to life for that opportunity".
"There are things that probably Roger and me share - that is passion for what we are doing, passion for tennis, passion for the competition and the spirit of improvement all the time".
Nadal has enjoyed a superb season at the age of 31, reclaiming the world number one spot from Andy Murray and winning two Grand Slam titles.
At the end of 2015, many thought Nadal might be finished. I just do my way. He does his way. "The US Open feels a little bit like home", said Nadal, who has yet to lose to Anderson, now standing 5-0 in the series. While those things keep happening, I will be here'. As I said before, I do my way.
"I'm very happy with all the things that are happening to me, win this title again".