September 10, 2013 by Parveer Mann
1– His spot on the ATP Race to London rankings by a wide margin. In addition, he is now almost assured of returning to world number one for the first time since 2011 (will be his third stint on top).
3-3– Head to Head record in Grand Slam finals between Rafa and Nole. They’ve now faced 37 times (most in the Open era) but I will be interested in seeing how there Grand Slam finals head to head goes from now on because it could define each player’s legacy.
13– Number of Grand Slams. This year, Rafa has revived conversation that he can legitimately challenge Roger Federer’s 17 Grand Slams. The encouraging part is that he won a slam outside of Roland Garros something he will need to do to challenge the record.
27– The age both Nadal and Federer were when they won their 13th Slam. Hmm, these two continue to be forever linked in every way.
20– The number of unforced errors in the finals compared to Novak’s 53. This number just underlines how clean a two weeks that Rafa had. He was better at adjusting to the wind, night matches or any other variable than most every player this tournament.
95/99– Amount of service games held. Staggering consistency and something that he has done all summer. More amazing, the first one did not come until the US Open semifinals
16:19– Nadal’s total time on court during his US Open run (Avg. Two and half hours per match). Highly economical use of time both for his health and the tactics he needed on hardcourts.
US Open Stars (Men’s Draw)
Rafael Nadal. His second US Open may be his most rewarding considering the surface and storylines surrounding him.
Iron Stan. The long time Swiss number two had probably the most entertaining and successful Grand Slam run among anyone outside the top two.
Lleyton Hewitt. His win over Del Potro on Ashe in the second round may be the last big win he ever gets in his HOF career.