After winning his third US Open and 16th Grand Slam title, Spanish player Rafael Nadal celebrated his big win in the Big Apple with his girlfriend Xisca Perelló and family.
VIEW GALLERY Rafael won the US Open on September 10 Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA
The tennis star, 31, invited a party of 27 to join him at Zuma New York to celebrate his victory on Sunday evening. En route to the hotspot restaurant, Rafael shared a video thanking fans for their support.
In the clip he said, “Just want to say thank you very, very much for your support. It has been an amazing day for me. I’m very happy to have the trophy of the US Open with me. It’s difficult to describe the feeling. Thank you very much everybody for following.”
Rafael had the support of his longtime girlfriend in the stands as he beat Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the Men’s Singles finals match on Sunday, September 10.
VIEW GALLERY Rafael's girlfriend supported him from the stands in New York Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Following his win, the champion told reporters, "Of course, is a very special year, no?" adding, "[I went] a couple of years without winning Slams, couple of years with problems. After couple of years without competing at this very high, high level, very happy to be back -- and emotional year for me."
He continued, "And as I said before, thanks to all the people that help me every day. I have a great team and a great family that supports me and believe in me, and that's a great help. Without them, of course is not impossible, but almost."