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Rafael Nadal has said he wants to enjoy his US Open title success before focusing on future Grand Slam wins.
The Spaniard claimed his 13th Grand Slam title – and second US Open crown – thanks to a 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 win over world number one, Novak Djokovic.
The 27-year-old added his second title at Flushing Meadows to the one he won in 2010 and capped a brilliant year on the ATP Tour after recovering from his knee injury. In 2013 so far, he has won 10 titles and 60 matches, with just three losses.
The pair showed their athleticism and desires to win as both fought hard for every point. That was evident as one rally saw 54 shots take place, but in the end Djokovic made too many unforced errors and Nadal powered to victory.
Monday night’s win in Queens puts Nadal just one behind Pete Sampras in the all-time list but the eight-time French Open champion isn’t looking to set any future targets just yet.
When asked about his future ambitions, Nadal said: “Let me enjoy today. For me, it is much more than what I ever thought, what I ever dreamed.”
He added: “I said that when I had few slams less, but it’s true. Only thing I can say is the same like I do every time. I’m going to keep working hard. I’m going to keep doing my things to have more chances in the future to be competitive and to give me more chances to win the tournaments like this one.
“So that’s what I’m going to try. Then you never know when that starts, when that finishes, but 13 is an amazing number.”