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Rafa Nadal was overcome with emotion after watching a video clip showing all of his grand slam successes last night.
The Spaniard claimed his 19th major title courtesy of a 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final in New York last night.
Having followed up his French open triumph earlier this year with his fourth US Open win, Nadal is now just one major away from equalling Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 grand slams.
And last night's win, which came after 4 hours and 50 minutes, meant so much to him. When Nadal and the fans in attendance were shown a montage of his career highlights, he could not fight back the tears as emotions spilled out.
Reflecting on all his achievements, Nadal said he couldn't possibly keep his emotions in check.
"In some way that's good [to] see all the things I went through. Being able to still be here is so special for me," the clay master commented post-match.
"I went through some tough moments, physically especially. When you have physical issues, then mentally things became much more difficult.
"The emotions were there watching all the success, all the moments... I tried to hold the emotion, but at some moments it was impossible. I'm just very happy. This trophy means everything to me today."
Nadal is a legend in every sense of the word. He had a tough spell not to long ago but didn't allow injuries to take their toll permanently and recovered exceptionally.
Him overtaking Federer feels like an inevitability now but we just hope when he does do it, it's again the Swiss maestro himself in a wholly poetic moment.
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