Nadal starts the US Open as joint-favourite with Novak Djokovic and the Spaniard says winning last year’s title gives him great belief.
He said: “Last year have been a very special year after a couple of years.
“2015 was not a positive year in terms of level of tennis.
“2016 I was playing good tennis, but I got injured.
“Have the chance to get back in 2017. Of course, win on clay, but then win on hard again is something that, yeah, means a lot to me, especially here in New York.
“Being honest, I always had a great connection with the crowd here.
“The crowd bring me to another level of energy.
“That’s something that I enjoy.”
How to watch Rafael Nadal vs David Ferrer online
Amazon Prime Video will bring customers in the UK and Ireland live and exclusive coverage of the US Open, which takes place from 27th August to 9th September 2018 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York, including multiple streams from several courts, catch-up highlights and full-match replays.
This extensive coverage of the Championships will be available to Prime members in the UK and Ireland for no additional cost to their membership and represents the first time a major tennis tournament has been available exclusively on a streaming service.
If you do not currently have a subscription with Amazon, you can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime by registering an account.
To do this, simply head to amazon.co.uk/gp/video/offers.
Amazon Prime costs £7.99 per month but is also available for a one-off annual fee of £79.
How to watch Rafael Nadal vs David Ferrer on TV
The US Open is not available to watch on TV for UK viewers.
Amazon have exclusive rights to the final major of the year after outbidding Sky.
BT customers can access the Amazon Prime Video app directly through their YouView box.
The Amazon Prime Video app can also be accessed through a compatible Smart TV.
These include, but are not exclusive to, TVs from LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony.