In a dream final Monday, number-one ranked Novak Djokovic defeated defending champion and number two-ranked Rafael Nadal, for his first U.S. Open title, 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3-6), 6-1.
After making the finals of the U.S. Open in 2007 and 2010, Djokovic was able to avenge last year's four-set loss to Nadal to add his fourth career grand slam title at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
The second set started like the first. Nadal held serve and then broke Djokovic's serve to jump out to a 2-0 lead as the world's top two players began battling with some very long rallies.
The world's two best male tennis players then had a 17-minute game which included eight deuces and some very intense play. Djokovic would eventually break Nadal's serve twice more to take the set.
Nadal came back in the fourth set to win in a tie-breaker, but Djokovic was too much for the Spaniard to had handle in the fourth set.
Nadal experienced some early troubles landing his first serve, but still finished the match with a first-serve percentage of 68 percent compared to Djokovic's 66 percent.
Djokovic had seven aces compared to Nadal's two. The 24-year-old Serbian also hit 55 winners, compared to Nadal's 32.
Djokovic needed treatment on his back before winning the opening game of the fourth set, then took a full medical timeout before breaking Nadal's serve.
I'm disappointed to lose, but Novak has been doing unbelievable things, said Nadal, after the match. What he has done this year will be impossible to repeat.
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