16 Sep 2010

Nadal quick to downplay grand slam achievement

5:49 am on 16 September 2010

The World number one tennis player Rafael Nadal modestly downplayed his achievement in completing a career Grand Slam, describing it as merely a step forward in his career.

Nadal became only the seventh man in history - and the youngest at 24 - to have won the four tennis majors but the brilliant left-hander maintained he still has the hunger for victory and the hope to keep winning.

The left-hander achieved the feat after he overcame second-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 at Flushing Meadows to capture his first US Open crown.

Nadal described the Grand Slam as a dream as the US Open has been in past the one that has been hardest for for the man from Mallorca.

Nadal says the 2010 season so far has been very special and he's now focused on the Masters 1000s tournaments in Shanghai and Paris before the season ending Masters Cup in London.