The Spaniard overcame Daniil Medvedev in an exhilarating five-set conflict at Flushing Meadows on Sunday night, securing the 19th Grand Slam victory of his profession – and second of the 12 months after his French Open triumph.
Nadal has amassed a big lead over Djokovic within the Race to London rankings, selecting up extra factors than his rival in 2019, although he insists reclaiming the No.1 rating is just not his precedence.
Asked how a lot it means to be competing for the No.1 rating at 33 years of age, Nadal informed reporters: ‘I don’t compete for it. I simply do my means.
‘If I’m ready to be No.1 doing it my means, nice. But I all the time say the identical: immediately is just not my fundamental aim.
‘Of course, it’s nice to be in that struggle. But for me personally, it’s probably not a struggle. I simply strive be aggressive the weeks that I want to compete, or the weeks that I would like to compete.
‘With my age and with my objectives, I can not lose power or time to observe the No.1. I want to take into consideration my profession otherwise.
‘For me, my fundamental aim is play as lengthy as doable and compete, being aggressive. Sometimes if you happen to want to observe the No.1, you’re going to lose years of your profession.
‘But I am there. If I am able to play well until the end of the season, I going to have my chances. That is going to be amazing. But I always say the same: it’s not my fundamental aim immediately.’
With the Shanghai Masters, Paris Masters and ATP Finals in London nonetheless to come earlier than the tip of the season, Nadal will have alternatives to take again the No.1 rating for the primary time since 2018.