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Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after a point against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament Monday in New York. (AP)

Rafael Nadal Defeats Novak Djokovic For Second U.S. Open Win

by Steve Mullis
Sep 9, 2013

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After four grueling sets No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeated No. 1 Novak Djokovic to win the U.S. Open men's singles title 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

The match lasted just under three and a half hours.

The New York Times summarized the winning shot on its live blog:

"Rafael Nadal needed only one chance to close out his second title in Flushing Meadows, claiming victory on his first championship point when a slappy Djokovic forehand hit the net. Nadal leapt in the air in joy and then fell onto his back, eventually rolling over onto his stomach in celebration before jogging to the net to shake Djokovic's hand."

The match was the 37th against each other, the most between any two men in the Open era. This was also their third U.S. final in the last four years. Nadal also beat Djokovic for the 2010 title, but Djokovic took it back in 2011.

The win is Nadal's second U.S. Open victory and his 13th Grand Slam title.

On Sunday, Serena Williams won her fifth U.S. Open title after defeating Victoria Azarenka.

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