It was moving to watch a man who had played with so much heart also speak with so much heart. His praise for Mr. Djokovic, who is having one of the greatest seasons ever, was generous and accurate. But the thing of beauty — and the very ethic behind his game — was the self-recognition in Mr. Nadal’s words, the sense of his personal responsibility for what happens to him on the court.
—  Today's New York Times editorial praises Rafael Nadal for his sportsmanship after losing the U.S. Open to Novak Djokovic.