When he first came on the seen I had little respect for him. I thought his game was an ugly grinding game with severe topspin to outlast anyone on the clay. His unseemly contorted strokes, his picking his ass on the capri pants, his outsized muscles in his wife beater undershirts, his admission that he didn't spend time lifting weights (how did he get those biceps?, all added up to an inferior athlete against the natural talent and artistry of Federer. I disliked him from keeping the French trophy away from my favorite player, Federer. Now after a few years, I have to admit, I love watching Nadal play. First I like his approach to the game, playing every point like it's a match point. I saw him on the practice courts a few years ago at the US Open. He gave 110% chasing balls, hitting ferociously, and he was a very good volleyer, great hands. Then I see him improve every element of his game, his serve, his backhand, his volleys. He is the ultimate competitor and comes out like a fighter dancing and prancing during the coin toss. What I like best about Nadal is his sportsmanship. He never has an excuse for losing, always commends his opponents, didn't even mind when that spectator came out and hugged and kissed him! He said it was alright, no? Always taking the time for autographs. He's genuine and an ambassador to the game. Nowadays at the US Open, he's the one player I look forward most to seeing play live, even more than Federer.