Novak Djokovic won the US Open title after a more than four hours match against Rafael Nadal.
After it appeared the Serbian player Novak Djokovic, 24, was down and out, when he had lost the third set and was groaning on the sidelines while a trainer stretched and pulled and pounded on his aching back, he came out for more.
Novak Djokovic played the final games as if pain didn’t matter and, after making a sign of the cross, he bounced the ball 10 times, hit a serve and then a forehand winner, a massive thing that left Rafael Nadal almost immobile.
For the sixth time in a row Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1, in 4 hours 10 minutes.
The win made Novak Djokovic 64-2 this year, gave him his first U.S. Open title and also placed him among the all-time greats.
Novak Djokovic became the sixth man to win three of the four major titles in the same year since tennis’ open era began in 1968.
Djokovic also won the Australian Open over Andy Murray in the final and beat Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon final.
Overall, this was Novak Djokovic’s fourth major title. He won his first major title at the Australian Open in 2008.
“It’s been an incredible year,” said Novak Djokovic after the match, while he was wearing a blue baseball cap with FD/NY on it in honor of New York City firefighters, a day after the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Rafael Nadal, the defending champion, said:
“Obviously I am disappointed now. This guy is doing unbelievable things.”
Then Nadal looked toward Novak Djokovic and said:
“What you did this year is probably impossible to repeat, so well done.”