The Spaniard overcame Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling five-set clash at Flushing Meadows on Sunday evening, securing the 19th Grand Slam victory of his career – and second of the year after his French Open triumph.
Nadal has amassed a significant lead over Djokovic in the Race to London rankings, picking up more points than his rival in 2019, though he insists reclaiming the No.1 ranking is not his priority.
Asked how much it means to be competing for the No.1 ranking at 33 years of age, Nadal told reporters: I dont compete for it. I just do my way.
If I am able to be No.1 doing it my way, great. But I always say the same: today is not my main goal.
Of course, its great to be in that fight. But for me personally, its not really a fight. I just try be competitive the weeks that I need to compete, or the weeks that I want to compete.
With my age and with my goals, I cannot lose energy or time to follow the No.1. I need to think about my career in a different way.
For me, my main goal is play as long as possible and compete, being competitive. Sometimes if you need to follow the No.1, you are going to lose years of your career.