He collected four titles, including his twelfth French Open crown and a fourth US Open title, as he approached a Grand Slam from Roger Federer's 20 record.
"The thing with Rafa is that he is still improving his game". He is a superhero.
"Rafa is unbelievable, to end up as the number one player in the world, playing incredible tennis, winning every game in the Davis Cup. It is perhaps the best season I have ever seen of him", said a bewildered Ferrer, invested that time for his illustrious career at the Madrid Open in May.
"People should enjoy Rafa in the next few years because it will be very hard to see him like this again".
"Rafa, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are all very special tennis players. I am very happy to see him, Roger and Novak still playing at such a high level".
Ferrer lost 26 of his 32 meetings with Nadal in his tennis career, but beating him six times is still an achievement few players have enjoyed.
Nadal conquerer Thiem topples Russian Medvedev to clinch Barcelona Open title Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem followed up his sensational win over all-time great Rafael Nadal on Saturday by besting Daniil Medvedev to clinch the Barcelona Open title 6-4, 6-0 in the Spanish city.
"Next year I know for sure that one of the following genes will get the chance to win one of the Grand Slams, because Tsitsipas recently won the ATP Finals and this tournament is like a Grand Slam, so we'll see".
"Rafa, Roger and Novak have won everything and are still winning. They still have the motivation to be there and to be able to win the Grand Slams", he added.
With the next group of players steadily closing the gap, 2020 could be the year where we see a different victor for the first time since Stan Wawrinka's US Open triumph in 2016.