The biggest story in sports yesterday did not come from either of the two Monday Night Football games or the Major League Baseball pennant races. While the world of tennis is often overlooked in the US, Rafael Nadal won the US Open, becoming only the 7th player ever to win each of tennis’ grand slam titles at least once. Most impressive of all, Nadal completed the career slam at the ripe age of 24 — he now has a total 9 grand slam titles. While Roger Federer leads the career list with 16 titles, it’s fair to say that Nadal is well on his way to becoming the best tennis player ever.
While I am not a fan of Nadal (I’m a Federer guy), there is no denying that his game is exciting to watch. It certainly will be tough to play his style of tennis successfully as he gets older and loses a step,but his march towards the career grand slam titles record will eventually be watched much like Tiger Woods’ march towards Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors in golf. While it’s a bit to early to get overly excited about this comparison (Tiger is 4 majors away from Jack, Nadal is 7 majors away from Federer), Nadal’s pursuit of this record will ultimately help to keep tennis on the map — at least to some extent.
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