Rafael Nadal reacts after winning a point against Kevin Anderson during the US Open men's singles final in New York on Sunday. Pic/Getty Images
Rafael Nadal reflected on his roots as a child prodigy from the island of Mallorca and on the influence of his uncle Toni on Sunday after winning the US Open title.
The US Open was the final Slam at which Toni, Nadal's long-time coach and inspiration, will join him, instead taking a role directing Nadal's youth academy. In his victory speech, Nadal reflected on what Toni has meant to his life in building the grit to overcome numerous knee injuries. "I wouldn't be playing tennis if it wasn't for uncle Toni.
I'm thankful I had somebody like him pushing me all the time. Because of his motivation I could get through all the problems in my career. I can only thank him for making me stronger," Nadal said.
Watch video: Sports stars and their swanky and cool cars
Download the new mid-day android app to get updates on all the latest and trending stories on the go https://goo.gl/8Xlcvr
Rafael Nadal maintains No.1 spot in ATP rankings18-Sep-2017
Leander Paes not surprsied with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer's re-emergence15-Sep-2017
US Open champion Rafael Nadal wants fightback from Florida Hurricane Irma victims12-Sep-2017
Rafael Nadal after US Open title win: The best season of my career12-Sep-2017
US Open trophy means a lot after emotional season: Rafael Nadal11-Sep-2017
US Open: Rafael Nadal beats Kevin Anderson to win 16th Grand Slam11-Sep-2017