Nadal Beats Djokovic To Claim 13th Grand Slam Title

Nadal Beats Djokovic To Claim 13th Grand Slam Title

Rafael Nadal continued his imperious form to beat world number one Novak Djokovic in four sets at Flushing Meadows to win his second US Open title.


The Spaniard had only returned from a serious knee injury seven months ago and has dominated the hard court season, not losing a single match on the surface.


He claimed the first set at 6-2 but was put under severe pressure by Djokovic who picked up the second set and almost took a double-break in the third.


Nadal countered and brought the score back to 4-4 before fending off three break points to Djokovic.


From that point onwards Nadal had the game under his control and went on to win the third set 6-4 and fourth 6-1.


Speaking after the match Nadal said it was amazing to have the trophy after such an emotional year, BBC Sport report.


"This season is probably the most emotional one I've had," said Nadal.


"It means a lot for me have this trophy with me today. It's just amazing.


Djokovic has now lost out in two Grand Slam finals this year and one semi-final, leaving him in danger of being overtaken by Nadal as world number one.


"I'm still 26 and I believe best time for my career is about to come," said Djokovic.


"I feel that. I believe that.


"As long as I believe it, the fire of the love towards the game is inside of me. And as long as that's present, as long as I feel it, I'm going to play this sport with all my heart, as I did in the last 10 years."


The last big tournament of the year takes place in London with the ATP World Tour Finals in November.