They said he was a clay court specialist.
They said he couldn't win on grass.
They said he couldn't win on hard court.
They said he didn't have a backhand.
They said he could only play defensively.
They said he couldn't volley.
They said his serve would never be a weapon.
They said he couldn't stay healthy.
A big shout out tonight to my man Rafa Nadal, who took home the US Open tonight, completing the career grand slam. As some of you may know, I have been a huge Nadal supporter since he came onto the scene in '04-'05. Rafa continues down the path to greatness, and with the win today you will start to hear some people say what I have been saying for a year - that Federer's hold on the "Greatest of All Time" title may not be as solid as some people think. There will be plenty of time for speculation, and there is a TON of tennis to be played in the next 10 years, and if you really want to argue it I will, but for now, Rafa caps his third grand slam of the year. I'm gonna go ahead and make my prediction now: Nadal will win the 2011 Australian and complete the "Rafa Slam" - holding all 4 majors at the same time. Say what you want about the draw, the schedule, whatever you want, but if you watched him play this tournament, you know just how good he was and how much his game has improved in the last 2 years. It's scary.
It is a great time for the game. I cannot wait.