World number one Rafael Nadal won the US Open title for the first time in his career on Monday, a victory which earned the 24-year-old Spaniard membership of a very selected group.
Nadal became only the seventh player of all time to win a Career Grand Slam.
“I worked a lot all my life, in all difficult moments to be here, but I never imagined have the four Grand Slams.”
Nadal has dominated this season’s majors by winning the French Open, Wimbledon and now the US Open.
After securing his ninth career slam, however, he was quick to play down talk about him overtaking Roger Federer, who with 16 major titles is the leading Grand Slam winner of all time.
“There remains a lot of titles, there’s no doubt about that, no? I think I am more than happy with my titles, for sure – I think this talk about if I am better or worse than Roger is stupid, because the titles say he’s much better than me, so that’s the truth at the moment. I think it will be the truth all my life.”
Nadal had played his best ever tennis at Flushing Meadows this year and his efforts were duly rewarded.
He is now the only the seventh male tennis player in the history of the sport to have completed a Career Grand Slam.
The elite group began with English tennis legend Fred Perry, when back in 1935 he finally won the French Open to complete his collection.
Three years later American champion Don Budge joined Perry in the group, but set the bar slightly higher by becoming the first man to win all four major crowns in the same season.
Australian Rod Lever entered the group in 1962 but seven years later became the only player to twice win all four titles in the same year.
Australia’s Roy Emerson, American legend Andre Agassi and Roger Federer were next to make the quadruple title cut.
And now the pages of the Grand Slam history book turn once again with Nadal beginning a brand new chapter.
Nadal begins new Grand Slam chapter