To hammer home their enduring appeal and dominance, Federer and Nadal shared the four Slams in 2017 - Federer winning the Australian Open before capturing a record eighth Wimbledon.
"Of course, if I won two grand slams this year and he did not win, we'd be closer, but he has 19, I have 16".
When asked if he felt in a position to chase Roger Federer's record tally of 19 Grand Slam wins, Nadal said after his US Open triumph: 'I really never thought much about that. Coincidentally, that's how many US Opens Woods has won.
World number one Nadal defeated South Africa's world number 32 Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in a brutally one-sided final during which he did not face a break point.
'Well done for Roger that he is having an fantastic season, too, and well done for me because I'm having a great season, too.
It'll be quite interesting to wait and watch what will happen next year.This is because Novak and Murray would be back up and running after their injury layoffs.Whether the toughest rivalries will be back track is a question, but we could witness what happens once we cross the bridge.Let us hope for a better season of the game.
The victory gave the world number one the 16th Grand Slam title.
It has not managed to reverse the situation and allowed Nadal to serve for the match at 5-4: the Spanish, despite a last burst of Anderson, did not miss his chance at the conclusion of its final on a last end victor. Soderling had never won even a third-round match at a major before that tournament.
"I really don't think much about these kind of things".
"This isn't the result I always wanted but I'll keep fighting and I'll be back", said Anderson.
" It is a very special year, no?"
'Tennis is not all about the Grand Slams, so there are tournaments to come and I'm excited about this last part of the season'.
"After a couple of years without competing at this very high, high level". I have a great team and a great family that supports me and believes in me.
"To close the Grand Slam year winning at NY - that's one of the events that's really high energy, the crowd - makes me so so happy". I have this trophy with me. Woods wants to win again. Being healthy, you see everything more possible, no? With injuries, everything seems impossible.
"There are things that probably Roger and me share - that is passion for what we are doing, passion for tennis, passion for the competition and the spirit of improvement all the time".