It was one of the most awaited and eagerly anticipated Grand Slam finals in U.S Open history and it certainly didn’t disappoint, especially if you’re a Rafael Nadal fan. A final which was totally worth waiting an extra day for, having been postponed to a Monday due to the schedule getting delayed thanks to the impishness of rain at the early stages of the Grand slam. 4 Suffering from a serious injury just around a year ago not many would have bet on this Spaniard to make a comeback and win the U.S Open title against Novak Djokovic, who was certainly the favorite in a hard-court battle. The French Open win was a great boost for the 2nd seeded Rafael Nadal but the 1st round exit at Wimbledon would have resulted in few doubters raising their eye-brows about his challenge for the U.S Open title. They were all put to bed though by a ‘close-to-perfect’ U.S Open for Rafael Nadal winning his second career US Open title with a dominating four-set win over Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. 3 Nadal certainly started off on the right foot by taking control of the match from the go and was close to being superhuman winning it 6-2. There is not much a player can do when his opponent starts playing in ‘God-esque’ mode. Nadal won 80 % (12 of 15) of his points on first serve and 55% (6 of 11) on second serve as compared to only 50% and 44%, respectively for the No. 1 seed. Djoker was also at fault having made 14 unforced errors. 2 A ‘National Post’ sports columnist, Bruce Arthur used a great analogy in his tweet which said

    The 2nd set was a different story though, after the initial hurricane that hit Djoker, he got his composure and looked more like the player he know him as. The crowd was on his side now, nobody in that arena would’ve wanted a one-sided final and rightly so. That is when Djoker Vs Nadal finally delivered what was undoubtedly the ‘Point of the Tournament’. A 54-stroke rally which saw Nadal and Djoker going at it with everything they had. Cross-court shots, down the lines, hoping for a winner, chasing every ball down and retrieving it, that point had it all. Eventually it was an unforced error from Rafa that ended the point and getting almost the entire Arena on their feet in appreciation of what they had just witnessed. A reception which would make you believe that Djoker actually won the match but it just handed him a 4-2 lead in the 2nd set.     5   A lead that he would soon squander as Rafa immediately broke back in the next game. Thankfully for Djoker he managed to dig deep and pull off the next two games winning the 2nd set 3-6. The third set was a more of a boxing match between a Serbian Warrior and a Spanish Teroro. Back and forth they hit each other with everything they had, matching each other’s punch and the slugfest came to a 4-4 stage. Djokovic seemed to be in control at this point and also had 3 chances to break the Nadal serve and wrap up the 3rd set but Rafa had other ideas. Not only did Rafa deny Djoker the break but also followed it up with a break of his own wrapping up the 3rd set 6-4. 1 At this point one could have easily noticed that those 3 break-points saved followed by the break of serve proved to be a vital factor in deciding the result of the match. Rafa never looked back after that. He looked in hot form at the start of the 4th set, racing to a 3-0 lead with a break of serve. The crowd tried its hardest to push for that fifth set, with chants of “No-le, No-le, No-le but it just wasn’t meant to be. Nadal was determined to wrap up his 2nd U.S Open title and his 13th Grand Slam title in the 4th set and that he did. A dominant 6-1 drubbing in the 4th set was the last punch which sealed Nadal’s dominance over the last fortnight. A very well deserved win for the Spaniard, one which he will cherish for a long time. Compiled by Nikhil Deshpande On Saturday Serena Williams equalled Roger Federer’s feat to win 17 Career Grand Slam Titles

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