No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal has defeated top seed Novak Djokovic to capture his second title at the U.S. Open.
In a match that turned out to be a spring compared to some of their epic battles of the past, Nadal needed just four sets to get past Djokovic for the second time at a Grand Slam this year.
The lanky Serb looked sluggish as the match commenced but rallied back with a strong second set to tie the proceedings. An epic 54-shot rally won by Djokovic was the highlight of his match.
In the third, the two champions battled head-to-head until a sudden break at 5-4 turned the set Nadal's way. After that, there was no looking back as the Spaniard took control down the home stretch for the win and his 13th Grand Slam title.
Nadal has not lost a match on hardcourt all year, and was clearly the better man on Monday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Djokovic in four sets: 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.