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Rafael Nadal: US Open champion puts resurgence down to 'passion' for tennis

Rafael Nadal: US Open champion puts resurgence down to 'passion' for tennis

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Rafael Nadal put his remarkable resurgence down to his "love for the game" after claiming a 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open.The 31-year-old Spaniard beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-4 to win his third title in New York.Following his French Open success in June, it is the first time since 2013 that Nadal has won two Slams in a year."I wake up every morning with the passion to go on court and to try to improve things," he said."I still want to compete and still feel the nerves every time that I go on court. While that keeps happening, I will be here."When some day arrives that I don't feel the nerves or that extra passion for the game that I feel, it will be the day to say, 'OK, I do another thing.'"I am 31, I'm not 25, but I still have the passion and the love for the game....
Nadal beats Del Potro to set up US Open final against Anderson

Nadal beats Del Potro to set up US Open final against Anderson

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US OpenVenue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 Aug-10 SeptBBC coverage: Live radio and text commentary.Top seed Rafael Nadal swept past Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in brilliant style to set up a US Open final against Kevin Anderson.The Spaniard won nine games in a row at one stage on his way to a 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2 victory in the second semi-final.Nadal, 31, will try for a third US Open and 16th Grand Slam title on Sunday, against a surprise opponent.South African Anderson, 31, beat Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 earlier on Arthur Ashe Stadium.US Open semi-finals as they happenedFriends Stephens & Keys set for finalMurray & Hingis reach mixed doubles finalAt 32 in the world, Anderson is the lowest-ranked man to reach a singles final at Flushing Meadows since t...