I'm really amazed how Nadal won this year's US Open without dropping a set until the final round. I thought he would struggle against the many big hitters out there who can cause damage on hard courts. Djokovic gave everything in that final and hit some big winners in the 2nd set.
But, as I mentioned in my article, Nadal was able to transform his game on the hard courts based around his serve.
But what really amazes me and I'm sure many others, is Nadal's almost obsession to keep improving his game. After all, he's number 1 in the world and was also number 1 between 2008 and 2009 and despite that achievement, has worked on his game hard enough to improve his serve out of all recognition which shocked every opponent he played the last two weeks. Plus Nadal's willingness to come forward to take the ball out of the air to volley - and use the sliced backhand. How many double handers have we seen over the years who refuse
to use the sliced backhand? and come unstuck against a good all court player?
So I really think Nadal is a lesson not just to Tennis players but to everyone in life. But in Tennis terms, Nadal has to be a lesson to those players (and we know who they are) who often say that they have got to where they are with the game they have and don't need to make any further improvements or adjustments - everything will work out fine in the end.
There is one other player who I think this year has also tried to make many adjustments to her game and was prepared to do it. That player is Jelena Jankovic, unfortunately for her, her problem is that she's nuts! But at least she's trying and I give her credit for that.