The oft delayed but thoroughly enjoyable 2011 U.S. open will come to a close on Monday afternoon with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic squaring off against No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the men's final. Nadal reached the final after dispatching Andy Murray in one semifinal. Djokovic arrives by way of a thrilling five-set triumph over Roger Federer.
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09/12/2011 9:31 PM EDT
RECAP: Djokovic Wins 2011 U.S. Open
Having toppled both Federer and Nadal en route to his first U.S. Open trophy, Novak Djokovic has solidified his spot as the No. 1 in the world right now. Not only could his comeback win over Federer eventually be looked upon as the end of an era but Djokovic has undeniably established his dominance against Nadal.
In the Final, Djokovic roared to two set lead before Nadal managed to force him into a tie-break in the third set. It appeared that some combination of physical and mental troubles sapped him off his effectiveness late in the third set and early in the fourth. Nevertheless, Djokovic regained control and played splendidly down the stretch to smother Nadal's nascent comeback bid.
Djokovic has now won 64 out of 66 matches that he has played in 2011, winning three Grand Slam events along the way. He can now set his sights on John McEnroe's landmark 1984 campaign where he posted an 82-3 record.
09/12/2011 8:42 PM EDT
Is Nadal Madrid?
|@ raeioul : Djokovic is the new Barça|
09/12/2011 8:39 PM EDT
|@ jon_wertheim : Nadal signing autographs as he leaves the court. Speaks volumes|
09/12/2011 8:38 PM EDT
Movies About Gladiators
|@ erikmal : In Roman times, he'd be called Novak Djokovic Federericus Nadalicus. #novaktheconqueror|
09/12/2011 8:33 PM EDT
|@ darrenrovell : Top career earnings: Federer ($61.1M), Nadal ($43.6M), Sampras ($43.2M), Serena ($35.6M), Agassi ($31.1M), Djokovic ($30.3M)|
09/12/2011 8:31 PM EDT
|@ SportsCenter : Novak Djokovic defeats Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 to win the @usopen championship|
09/12/2011 8:30 PM EDT
|@ OliverKayTimes : Happy to leave tennis to @NeilHarmanTimes, but what a performance from Djokovic to win #usopen. Breathtaking. And with a dodgy back ...|
09/12/2011 8:29 PM EDT
Nadal sports this for trophy presentation. Bud Selig may snag it from him.
09/12/2011 8:27 PM EDT
The Cheese Stands Alone, Too
|@ erikmal : Novak Djokovic stands alone. What an incredible moment for men's tennis.|
09/12/2011 8:27 PM EDT
Mark It Down
|@ richarddeitsch : Mark it down: At 8:24 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2011, Novak Djokovic solidified the the greatest single-season in men's tennis history.|
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