Rafael Nadal reveals Leyton Hewitt respect

Rafael Nadal reveals his admiration for Leyton Hewitt following the Australian's victory over Juan Martin del Potro.

Rafael Nadal has revealed his respect for Leyton Hewitt after the veteran pulled off a five-set victory over Juan Martin del Potro at the US Open yesterday.

Nadal, who beat Ivan Dodig earlier today, admitted that he watched some of the Australian's victory.

"I watched a lot of moments of the match, my feeling is that Hewitt played great," Nadal told reporters.

"I was happy for Leyton, he's a great fighter. [The fact he is] still on tour with the motivation to keep playing, keep fighting, is something I admire a lot.

"My motivation is to keep playing for a long time. I don't know [if it will be] three, four, five, six years. I don't know, I go day-by-day."

Nadal faces Philipp Kohlschreiber in round four.

Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany serves during his men's singles third round match against John Isner of United States of America on Day Six of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2013
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