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09/12/2011 04:00 pm ET | Updated Nov 12, 2011

Novak Djokovic Vs. Rafael Nadal LIVE UPDATES: U.S. Open Men's Final

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.

Stay here for live updates and commentary throughout the match and send tweets to @HuffPostSports if you want to join in the conversation.

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

Class Act

@ 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

Other Scoreboard

@ 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

Scoreboard

@ 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

Breathtaking

@ 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

FDNY Cap

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.