“I was able to hold nerves“
It was also his 19th Grand Slam title, putting him right on the heels of Federer for the position of GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). Federer has 20 but Federer has a sore back and is back home in Switzerland. Rafa is standing proud in the centre of New York as the new champion.
Occasionally, there are a few tears when Rafa wins a major title. But only for a moment, just for the sheer relief that the two weeks of pressure are over. This time, though, he could not stop the sobbing.
He was crying when he tried to salute the crowd, he kept breaking down as a video marking all 19 of his Grand Slam successes was shown to the crowd. They, in response, cheered and hollered and chanted his name. It was all too much for a quiet, polite boy from Mallorca.
“It has been one of the most emotional nights in my career,” he said, “with that video, with all the support of you guys have been just amazing.
“[To win four titles here] that’s so important for me. This victory means a lot especially the way that this match became so difficult, so tough. I was able to hold, at the end, the nerves because the nerves were so high after having the match almost under control then 5-2, 5-4, break point, so have been a crazy match. I don’t know… just emotional.”