Sept. 10 - Rafael Nadal shows off the proof of his latest grand slam win as he poses with his U.S. Open trophy in New York's Central Park. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 10, 2013) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
1. VARIOUS OF 2013 U.S. OPEN CHAMPION RAFAEL NADAL HOLDING TROPHY IN CENTRAL PARK
2. TROPHY IN NADAL'S HANDS
3. NADAL POSING WITH TROPHY
4. NEWS MEDIA FILMING NADAL
5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RAFAEL NADAL, 2013 U.S. OPEN MEN'S SINGLES CHAMPION, SAYING:
"Last month was very special month for me, very happy about everything and today to have this trophy with me means really a lot, a lot of work, a lot of months without, but a lot work and I just can say thank you very much to all the people who really supported me, all the family team, without them it is impossible that I would be here."
6. VARIOUS OF NADAL POSING WITH FANS
7. NADAL GETTING INTO WAITING VAN
STORY: On Monday (September 9) Rafael Nadal captured his 13th grand slam singles crown by defeating Novak Djokovic for the U.S. Open Men's title. On Tuesday (September 10) Nadal showed off the fruits of his effort - his latest hardware - in New York's Central Park.
Hoisting the trophy proudly over his head, Nadal posed for the cameras and a crowd of adoring fans.
The Spaniard earned his second major championship this season following his French Open triumph, sealing the 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 win when Djokovic dumped a forehand into the net, sending Nadal down onto his back before rolling face down and sobbing in joy.
"Today to have this trophy with me means really a lot, a lot of work, a lot of months without, but a lot work and I just can say thank you very much to all the people who really supported me," said Nadal.
Nadal's career total of 13 grand slam wins moves him one ahead of Australian Roy Emerson and into third on the all-time list behind Roger Federer (17) and Pete Sampras (14).
When Lukas Rosol sent Nadal's tennis world spinning off its axis at Wimbledon in June last year, it seemed the wear and tear on the Spaniard's knees had finally caught up with him and he did not hit a ball in a tournament for seven months.
Yet since re-emerging at a low-key claycourt tournament in Chile in February, the Spaniard has been virtually unstoppable, winning 10 titles, including an eighth French Open, and proving that his knees can withstand the pounding of hardcourt tennis.
Along with the trophy, the left-hander from Mallorca also collected prize money of $2.6 million (USD) for his U.S. Open victory.
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