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Rafael Nadal would love to eclipse Roger Federers Grand Slam record after US Open win

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The Spaniard is now just one major behind his long-time rival (Picture: Getty)

Rafael Nadal says it is an honour to be battling Roger Federer for the all-time mens Grand Slam record after securing his 19th major in Sundays US Open final.

The Spaniard overcame Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 victory which lasted four hours and 51 minutes to claim his fourth title at Flushing Meadows.

It moves him just one Grand Slam title behind Federers record of 20 and while Nadal – who is five years younger – says he would like to eclipse his old rival, its not his ultimate goal.

Rafael Nadal reacts to closing the gap to Roger Federer's Grand Slam record
Nadal had to be at his best to defeat in-form Russian Medvedev (Picture: Getty)

Speaking after his win, Nadal said: I would love to be the one who wins more, but I am not thinking and I not going to practice every day or not playing tennis for it. I am playing tennis because I love to play tennis.

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I cant just think about Grand Slams, no? Tennis is more than Grand Slams. I need to think about the rest of the things.

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I play to be happy. Of course, the victory of today makes me super happy. But few weeks ago I won in Montreal and that was an important moment for me, too.

He continued: I feel honoured to be part of this battle. But I repeat the same: you cant be all day looking next to you about if one having more or one having little bit less because you will be frustrated.

Most men's Grand Slam singles titles

1. Roger Federer – 20
2. Rafael Nadal – 19Read More – Source