Djokovic vs. Nadal US Open 2013 Men's Final: Live Score and Highlights
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.
Rafael Nadal in 2013: 60-3, 22-0 on hardcourt, with losses to Djokovic, Steve Darcis, and Horacio Zeballos.— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) September 10, 2013
Your final box score.
Nadal breaks Djokovic and will now serve for the championship, not even 3:30 into the match!
Nadal holds easily. We might be heading into the home stretch...
Djokovic holds for 3-1. Another calm patch settles in. How long will it last?
Novak is tired. Nadal is leading. Long night here in the stadium even though it is only 8:14the stadium is full and noisy.— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) September 10, 2013
Nadal holds. Does Djokovic look defeated or is he just gathering his 11th wind?
After slipping to 40-30, Nadal earns the break to go up 2-0. Surely this match isn't going to end in four sets?
Here are your third set video highlights.
Rafa seems energized. Now he's up with a triple break point of his own in the second game.
Never say die. Nadal comes back from break point once again to hold serve.
A 28-shot rally ends with a tap over the net by Djokovic to set up a break point.
Some stats from the first three sets. Nadal is gold; Djokovic is blue.
Nole hits it long. Third set goes to Rafa, who's now up 2-1.
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