Djokovic vs. Nadal US Open 2013 Men's Final: Live Score and Highlights

Carol SchramFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09:  Rafael Nadal of Spain bites the trophy as he celebrates winning the men's singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Day Fifteen of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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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.