After a long four-hour battle, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated world No. 2 and the defending champion Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open men's single final on Monday. It was the sixth consecutive victory of the super Serbian against the Spanish powerhouse.
Djokovic lost the first two games of the grand final but he bounced back in the third game and grabbed the first set by winning the next six games. By winning the second set 6-4, the Serbian took a commanding two sets to none lead.
The relentless Nadal seemed to get his rhythm back in the third set when he broke Djokovic's serve, who was serving for the title at 6-5. Nadal snatched the set 6-7 by eventually winning a tiebreaker.
With the epic third set win, the Spaniard brought the crowd back on its feet and seemed to retake the momentum.
Before opening the fourth set, Djokovic held serve and called for the trainer, who stretched and pounded on his aching back. After the game resumed, the tide turned against Nadal, who managed to win only one game, and the top-seeded Djokovic dethroned him by winning the final set 6-1.
In 68 matches, it was Djokovic's 64th win with 10 tournament titles. By winning his first U.S. Open, Djokovic became the sixth player in the Open era to win three Grand Slam events in the same year. He also won the 2008 French Open.
At the end of the match that lasted for four hours and 10 minutes, the scoreboard read: 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1.