US Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal
by Staff | September 9th, 2013, 1:54 pm
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The No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players in the world, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, will play for the 2013 US Open men’s title later today at 5pm. The two rivals meet for a record 37th time with the Spaniard leading 21-15 including 7-3 in Grand Slam match play.

This will be their third US Open final meeting: 2010 (Nadal in four sets) and 2011 (Djokovic in four sets). The winner will earn a second US Open title and become the ninth player in the Open Era with at least two titles. This will be the 34th time in the past 35 Grand Slam tournaments (since 2005 Roland Garros), one of the Big 4 has won a Slam crown. The only exception came at the ‘09 US Open where Juan Martin del Potro won the title. During this span, Federer has won 13 titles, Nadal 12, Djokovic 6 and Murray 2.

It will also be the 12th time in the past 15 Grand Slam tournaments (since 2010 Roland Garros), either Djokovic or Nadal will earn a Grand Slam title. Nadal has won six titles and Djokovic five during that stretch.

This is the 12th US Open final in the Open Era with the top two seeds meeting and the No. 2 seed has won six of the previous 11 meetings. Two years ago, No. 1 Djokovic beat No. 2 Nadal in the final. The 18 combined Grand Slam titles won by the duo is the most in a final here since 2002 when Pete Sampras (13) d. Andre Agassi (7).

(1) NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) vs. (2) RAFAEL NADAL (ESP)
Head-to-head: Nadal Leads 21-15

Djokovic is appearing in his third major final of the season for the third consecutive year. It is the 26-year-old Serb’s fourth straight US Open final and fifth overall (1-3). He is the first player to reach four finals in a row here since Roger Federer advanced to six straight from 2004-09 (winning five). Djokovic is making his 12th overall appearance in a Grand Slam final (6-5 record) and 10th in the past 13 Grand Slams (5-4 in finals). He comes into the final with a 50-8 match record this season, including an ATP World Tour-high 31 match wins on hard courts. He is 3-3 in finals.

Nadal is making his 18th career Grand Slam final showing (12-5 record) and a title will move the Spaniard to No. 3 on the all-time Grand Slam titles list (behind Federer 17, Sampras 14). He comes in with a career-best 21-match winning streak on hard courts and an overall ATP World Tour-best record of 59-3 this season. He is appearing in a final for the 12th time in 13 tournaments (9-2 record in finals) this year. He won a career-high 11 titles in 2005. The 27-year-old Spaniard has only been broken once and he has dropped one set en route to his third US Open final, holding 81 of 82 service games. Nadal is also 16-1 vs. Top 10 opponents this season, beating eight different Top 10 foes (has not played Murray). He is trying to capture his 60th career title.

MONDAY US OPEN SCHEDULE
Arthur Ashe Stadium 5:00 pm Start Time
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]

BET AT HOME ODDS
Rafael Nadal 1.60 v Novak Djokovic 2.10

WEATHERUNDERGROUND NEW YORK FORECAST
Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 75F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SSE in the afternoon. Monday night mostly cloudy. Low of 68F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph.

U.S. TELEVISION
CBS will air the final live at 5pm ET. ESPN2 or Tennis Channel could pick up the match if goes later then 8pm and CBS no longer wants to air it.


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263 Comments for US Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal

Giles Says:

Vamos Rafa!!!


Tennis for Life Says:

Article doesn’t mention the probable winner ?


rafaeli Says:

#Vamos Rafa


Giles Says:

@Tennis for Life. Sean has picked the winner on a previous thread.


hawkeye Says:

#VamosGOAT
#FindingSolutions


SG1 Says:

Humble Rafa still on the knee machine?


Humble Rafa Says:

All is good. Knee machine has been set aside.


jamie Says:

Nadal will win the final.


James Says:

The players have entered the court. Both look a bit nervous. They should. Two of the best players in the world. Open Era record 37th meeting between the two.


WTF Says:

How close are we to starting?


Humble Rafa Says:

I appreciate you predicting me as winner. As you know, I am the Humble One. This is one very important match against a very difficult opponent. I will fight for every point and hope for the best.

Current State: Nervous and Humble. Practicing before US Open final


Polo Says:

My money is on Nadal, in 4.


James Says:

WTF, the players are warming up right now. Should begin in a few min


James Says:

I think Nadal’s net game is key in the big points.


James Says:

Djokovic got all his first serves in. Nadal returned all but last one was ace. Novak holds.


Slice Tennis Says:

Vamos Rafa !!


James Says:

Nadal breaks!! Yessss


Daniel Says:

Why Djokovic insists on going to Nadal forehando all the time?! He doesn’t hit 2 straight balls to Nadal BH. Seems he forgot how he won those 7 matches.


Slice Tennis Says:

Boohooo


WTF Says:

Nole can never be counted out. He is one of the fiercest competitors out there, if not the fiercest. He wasn’t always that way. It wasn’t until 2011 the he found another gear and vastly improved just about every facet of his game.


Slice Tennis Says:

Rafa holds to love with 1 first serve and 3 second serves.


James Says:

3 BPs for Nadal.


Humble Rafa Says:

If I was playing the “rivalry”, I would be up 2 sets by now.


Slice Tennis Says:

3 first serves and 1 second serve from Nole and Rafa breaks to love


James Says:

And got it. Novak’s shot was long. Good challenge Rafa. Up 5-2, will serve for the set. The Serb in trouble. Keep it going, Rafa.


Daniel Says:

Suddenly Nadal level is sky high. Djoko is hotitng deep (but still to Nadal’s FH) and he found some angles to immediately take control of the rally. He won 8 straight points as of now


Patson Says:

Nole is just warming up. Nole’s going to play an awesome 2nd , 3rd and 4th set.


andrea Says:

hmmm. pretty quick first set. maybe this won’t be such a classic….


kjb Says:

Another snorefest.


WTF Says:

andrea, too early to say that. All he has to do is win a 2nd set and it’s level.

I actually think we have an even match. Nole sometimes starts slow. It’s how you finish that matters.

Even down by 2 sets I wouldn’t count him out just yet.


James Says:

Nadal 6-2 first set. Keep it going, Rafa. Novak’s a great player and fighter. It ain’t over ’til its over. By that I mean, don’t relax before you finish off the match, Nadal.


billyboy512 Says:

Can we count him out after being down by
3 sets?


James Says:

I agree with Daniel. Nadal’s been the better player and won the first set but the match isn’t over yet. And Djokovic’s BH DTL is clicking in this match.


WTF Says:

billyboy512 Says:

“Can we count him out after being down by
3 sets?”

Yes, but that’s the only time.

Djoker has come back from 2 sets down more times than Rafa has, and against better opponents. I think Federer was one of them.


Ben Pronin Says:

So far Nadal winning with defense.


Daniel Says:

Everytime Djoko hit to Nadal’s BH he hits a slice to Doko BH. Djoko not contorllimg well that shot when going DTL and a few time he went cross court Nadal hit that insane FH DTL


metan Says:

James, your prediction set one for nadal is true no, hope for set two but I think it will be nice for nadal again. Let’s see.


Slice Tennis Says:

Rafa is saving BPs with second serves. LOL.


metan Says:

Daniel, that’s call Fearhand of Natal,,


James Says:

metan, good thing is my predictions don’t have to be true;) I can see Nadal taking the 2nd set too. Novak can take the 2nd set if Nadal doesn’t maintain his 1st set level. So far he kinda is.


Daniel Says:

A game that seems Djoko would break and Nadal cnfirmed serve. Djoko has to keep his games because right now Nadal’s level is too much. Returnng everything and give almost zero UE


Daniel Says:

What a point!!


John Says:

Nadal trying to slice his way to a US Open Title.

lol


Daniel Says:

Damm!!!


Tennisfan Says:

Nadal’s serve is off in the 2nd set


Daniel Says:

Nadal hitted the DTL line in Djoko BH corner 3 times in last 3 points


Daniel Says:

Anothe rthing Djoko lost. In the old days when he decide to smack a retunr winner he would hit it in. Tos match everytome he went for a killer return he missed, 3 times already.


Daniel Says:

Amazmg lobby


Daniel Says:

Antication. That will be the key for him, becauseNadla os slicing too much in BH corner


Daniel Says:

The GREAyest point every played


John Says:

OMGGGGG!!!


James Says:

What a rally!! 54 shots! Djokovic breaks. Nadal can break back tho


Daniel Says:

Djpkovic got exhausted by that point and will lose the game. Already 0-30


Daniel Says:

Djokovic needs some miraculous serves


James Says:

3 BPs for Nadal!! Do it, Rafa!


Daniel Says:

He has to give his life for this game


WTF Says:

Daniel Says:

“Djpkovic got exhausted by that point and will lose the game. Already 0-30″

Was he the only one doing the running in the point?


Slice Tennis Says:

The 54 shots rally seems to have taken something out of Nole.


Daniel Says:

Nadal hit a weak retunr and Djoko let the ball short. Nadal broke right back. Let’s see if the changeover goves Doko some breathing time for him to try to break again.


James Says:

Nadal breaks back! I knew he could do it. There was no shame in losing that 54 shots point.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Djokovic not strong today


WTF Says:

Slice Tennis Says:

“The 54 shots rally seems to have taken something out of Nole.”

Really? I felt post-2010 he was fitter than Nadal and looked like he could play for 9 hours if he had to.


James Says:

Daniel,

This is just the 2nd set. Nole is a beast, can play for hours.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Anyone notice that this match is being played essentially like a clay court match


Daniel Says:

Third straigth timethay Djoko can’t return serve on deu e side after winning a magnificent point


James Says:

Novak playing very aggressively now. Nadal should keep hitting the ball hard. Should force more errors from Novak.


Daniel Says:

Actually the last games match played pn Djoko’s racquet. Apart form service points Nadal hasn’t won any significant point


Daniel Says:

Even Nadal got tired of his own play this game and gave a ball to Djokovoc as saying: go on, smack it


Daniel Says:

Both are not serving great. Neither seems to be going for aces and lines. Nadal is hotting serves to Doko’s body almost all the time


James Says:

Novak breaks. Will serve for the set. Rafa looked tired in that last game. Maybe that 54 shots took something out him too;)


Daniel Says:

Windy conditions as well


James Says:

Nadal not looking sharp last few games. Was always gonna be tough to be at his 1st set level.


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s BH DTL is clicking today. Even match now


PK1 Says:

Nole has cut doen on errors and nadal is in danger!!


Sean Randall Says:

Daniel, yup. it’s rounding into form. That’s a very key shot for Novak.


tennisfansince76 Says:

For all the talk of adjustments and modified tactics this is exactly the same match we have seen before from these two. The difference being Djokovic was inconsistent in set one and less so in set two


Kimberly Says:

Hi guys I won’t be back for an hour or so hopefully these two will still be playing how is the quality of the match?


James Says:

Djokovic kept attacking Nadal’s BH in 2nd set. Nadal looked vulnerable. Rafa needs to go for his offensive shots again.


PK1 Says:

Both have almost same no. of errors …nole is making more errors!!


WTF Says:

I think Nadal is finished. It was only a matter of time.


tennisfansince76 Says:

My mood is greatly improved!


Daniel Says:

Djoko breaks already nadal was broken last 3 times he served and now broken for love. Match seems totally Novak 2011 now. Let’s see if adjoko holds and if Nadal will revert to be agressive and power his forehand because his defnsive game is not working right now


PK1 Says:

* i mean same no. ofwinners


James Says:

Nadal isn’t running much! Thought he could get that easily…


Daniel Says:

Unless Nadal is tired already and that’s why his shots lost pop


Patson Says:

Nole is on FIRE! Yeeaaaaah !


PK1 Says:

in this match up early break in the set hardly matters!!


WTF Says:

PK1 Says:

“in this match up early break in the set hardly matters!!”

It does if Rafa is tired already. It’s going to be hard to break back if you’re tired.


James Says:

If Nadal holds this game, he can break back.


PK1 Says:

“It does if Rafa is tired already. It’s going to be hard to break back if you’re tired.”

There is no reason of tired …nadal didn’t lose much energy in last 2 weeks..and match is same for both!!


WTF Says:

He can’t hold anymore.

It’s over.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Hi Kimberly. The match is pretty good. The wind is making it sloppier than it could be. Nadal started well but Djokovic shaky. Nadal took first set easy. Djokovic slowly got better 2nd set started pushing Nadal around won set 2


Daniel Says:

Bad miss by Djoko and Nadals thanks. He has to keep the pressure on and it was a second serve.


Daniel Says:

This match has pretty reason for tiredness thy played more am 50 points over 6 shots


Daniel Says:

Look how they are grunting. Nadal saved BP to not get broken 4 times in a row


James Says:

Important BP save from Rafa. If he holds now, I think he’ll break back.


Daniel Says:

Great feeling by Nadal to hitthis drop shot. Very dangerous shot at deuce.


PK1 Says:

Both players are playing same match ..one could not complain of tiredness!!


Daniel Says:

This was a key game for Nadal to stay alive in this set. Of Djoko had brpken he would have served 3-0 basically setling this set. Now he has to hold a few more times or get an insurance break.
Let’s see how Nadal will behave after thos hold


tennisfansince76 Says:

Winnable game for Novak to go up two breaks. Didn’t close


Daniel Says:

With this miss I sense a long game coming;-)


metan Says:

I want raga breaks back in this set.


Daniel Says:

Grea hold by Djoko. All first serves and now pressure time to Nadal again


PK1 Says:

Nole holds …. the tough half of set is coming


Tennisfan Says:

This is the worst rafa has played all summer. Unbelievable, what happened to his level


James Says:

Novak very sharp and confident right now. Nadal not so much.


Daniel Says:

Tennisfan

In form Djoko is happening now


James Says:

Good hold from Rafa. Now to break back.


PK1 Says:

Nole 1st serve% is going towards south again!!


Daniel Says:

Nadalwith alucky return baloon that went in. 15-30


James Says:

Nadal under pressure way behind the baseline.


Daniel Says:

Dioko’s twice FH winners than Nadal


Daniel Says:

Nadal finaly hittng an agressive forehand to force Djoko error. Deuc. Tense game


Daniel Says:

Djoko needs a T serve


James Says:

BP Nadal. C’mon Rafa! Your girlfriend’s watching ;)


Patson Says:

Dang ! Ok no biggy . Break back Nole ! Break back !


Daniel Says:

Awfull by Djoko to get broken.
That’s why with Nadal you have to take all your chances. He didn’t got the second break and start last two games losong first point. He better break back now


James Says:

Nadal breaks back! The fans love it. He’s gotta have to take the set now.


Daniel Says:

Djoko complettly lost now. Let’s hope he can at least hold next gama ptherwise Nadal can steal this set


Daniel Says:

Bad moment for Djokovic. Beauy of tennis, swing moments all the time. Let’s see of Djoko can get that level back


metan Says:

James, hopefully!..


James Says:

Nadal holds. A break here would help. Go for it, Rafa!


James Says:

Rafa’s fearhand to be back in business.


metan Says:

James, hope your prediction comes true. I am holding my breath….


the DA Says:

I thought Nole had this match turned around. He played so well for a set and a half. And he has to work on his net game – some ghastly errors.


James Says:

metan, as long as Rafa holds he’s winning the set.


PK1 Says:

3 BPS for nole!!


metan Says:

Come on Rafa, hold on!!! I wanted so badly you win this G S, no..


Daniel Says:

Damm. Djoko’s return was so unpredictable that Nadal lost balance and went down. He should have legt the racquet. Is the first thing you learn: if you drop leave your racquet.

3 BP Djoko virtually set point


James Says:

Novak defending very well. As Stan the man said “he’s f***ing strong”!
Awful from Nadal.


the DA Says:

Unlucky with that slip Rafa. One BP saved.


Daniel Says:

Djoko can’t lose a point like this. This point could sal the set and possibly the match. Is just to important to net a forehand


Daniel Says:

Djokois creating his own problems. Now Nadal is on fire


Daniel Says:

Who wants to bet that if Nadal holds he will break to close the set?!


James Says:

AD Nadal. Hold this, champ. Vamos!


James Says:

Nadal getting good crowd support. Rafa smash! Pressure on Novak to hold his


Daniel Says:

Can’t believe Nadal was able to hold, what a fighter.


the DA Says:

That hold was major.


James Says:

Daniel, I think and hope Rafa will now break Nole and take this set.


James Says:

SP for Nadal!


Daniel Says:

I hate being right. Bizarre mistake by Djoko to set set point Nadal


Patson Says:

No biggy…come on Nole ! You’re close ….


James Says:

Nadal wins the 3rd set playing clay court game! Vamos!


Daniel Says:

Unfu@&$?!;believable!!!!!
Hope this doesn’t break Djoko’s spirit but this set was totally in his racquet. He played 2 casual points in that 0-40 game and thos 30-30 point seal the deal.


the DA Says:

Wow! What a way to win the set, first that crazy rally then that last point with the searing FH. Still too close to tell.


Tennisfan Says:

What a fighter. The greatest fighter ever in sports history


James Says:

Novak was the aggressor in the 3rd set but Rafa showed great heart and wins the set.
Pressure on Novak now. Rafa can now play more aggressively.


tennisfansince76 Says:

If I’m Djokovic I’m not happy. I was the better player that set yet managed to squander it


Ben Pronin Says:

I didn’t realize the US Open switched back to clay. Are they at Forest Hills?


Polo Says:

Djokovic choked away the third set. No way he’ll be able to come back now. Choke to the end by Nole. Nadal got him now.


metan Says:

Come on Ben, don’t become sour grape please.


Patson Says:

Nole became careless. I wouldn’t say he choked, but he does become careless , possibly over-confident at times. I still believe he’ll win the 4th and the 5th set. He knows now he CANNOT be careless.


van orten Says:

just do not know why the stars always aline in favour of nadal..he was finished in this set ..what a fighter nadal????? thats all he does ..credit to him but djoker really gifted that set so badlyyyy ..he was the man in charge …feel bad for him..nadal easily in 4 now…he would even win this set being 0:5 down he is the ultimate fighter..my god what a player..I am totally totally convinced that tenniswise nadal is a total nightmare for everyone who is not fond of him


metan Says:

Such a big relief for me!!!

Come on Rafa, make our dream come true.!!


Polo Says:

Djokovic is bound to be undone again by another previous grueling match.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@ben pronin I was thinking the same. The only difference is that their socks are clean


James Says:

metan, Ben is right, Nadal specializes is slowing dow courts to suit his clay court game.


Daniel Says:

Another service game where Nadal is scaping


Slice Tennis Says:

Wind could be the reason for Rafa’s defensive play. He was defensive like this against Gasquet in the second when it was windy.


Slice Tennis Says:

Ben,
I heard that London finals is going to switch to clay this year.


Daniel Says:

Now Djokovic is imploding. 2 UE in a row.
Nadal won the mental edge it seems


James Says:

Well, being defensive worked for Rafa, so he went for it. He’ll try to finish off Novak in this set.


Polo Says:

Are people trying to evoke the spirit of a player long gone from this tournament?


tennisfansince76 Says:

@van often I agree w most of what you said except if rafa went down 2breaks he was losing set 2


Ben Pronin Says:

Nadal won the 3rd set with pure defense. He’s been adjusting his game, being more aggressive, all that stuff to become better on hard courts and to win another US Open, but it looks like he didn’t even need to. Defense wins even on the fastest hard courts nowadays. Although I don’t even know what “fastest” means anymore.


Daniel Says:

Maybe thisis he luck Djoko needs;-)


James Says:

Novak very lucky with that net cord


the DA Says:

Oh my. Nadal with the break.


Polo Says:

Djokovic is going to be the heartbreak kid of tennis this year.


Daniel Says:

Why does he have to go to his FH?! Broken again.
What a difference a point makes. djoko was 4-4 0-40 and now can’t win a game anymore


James Says:

Nadal breaks. Forehand DTL gets the job done. Now need to serve very well.


Tennisfan Says:

Rafa got the upper hand by being aggressive late in the 3rd set. He realised that he was being schooled by His opponent when he was playing defensive all throughout the set. Now both are playing nice aggressive baseline tennis. Much better to watch regardless of who wins


kriket Says:

This year seems like Đoković is in the business of giving away finals to Nadal. His focus amd therefore his game is all over the place. He doesn’t have the strength to maintain focus. For a cpl of games he’s dominating Nadal, 2011 style, but shortly after that he’s giving away setpoints.
I don’t see him winning this unless he gets himself together immediately, which is highly unlikely, though not impossible.


Slice Tennis Says:

Where is Novak Djokovic ?
Did anyone see him ?


Krishna Says:

Ben Pronin Says:
“I didn’t realize the US Open switched back to clay. Are they at Forest Hills?”

haha I totally agree with u Ben.. these courts are way slower than in years past ..


Patson Says:

Nole fans, we need a Nole chant to buck him up.

Nole ! Nole ! Nole ! Nole ! Nole ! Nole ! Nole !


pitchaboy Says:

Looks like Rafa spotted a set to save Novak a humiliation.Beating has started.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@james not Ben’s or. The point is they are playing mostly 3/4 positional tennis.


James Says:

Getting another break here would be amazing for Rafa!


Daniel Says:

Well, unless Djoko manages an escape act himself this is over.

Nadal did his part and wait the storm to past. Djoko played great for 1 and a half set but couldn’t keep going. Smething his 2011 self could do it. Now he is losing all points in the net.
Let’s see if zdjoko can do his Nadal and wait for his chances. Cut the errors and wait an opening


van orten Says:

game over!!! I will not watch anymore matches this year..just hurts so much seeing nadal winning his matches like that…what on earth has to happen ….this is really tough..I need to make my inner peace with nadal..otherwise I will keep getting miserable only thinking of his style of play…I really loved tennis unconditionally but with nadal still on I cannot enjoy the sport I habe played and followed for 25 years..I am totally nuts


James Says:

tennisfansince76, they are playing more aggressively than Murray and Novak did in last year’s final, aren’t they?


Daniel Says:

Amazng. Thought this point would be Djoko’s way


Slice Tennis Says:

Djokovic is just a GREAT sportsman.
He is applauding Rafa’s shot even in this situation.


Daniel Says:

Nadal painted the line


Slice Tennis Says:

After a long time Rafa gets one FH IO into the corner.


pitchaboy Says:

Proper beat down as the British would say. A miracle is needed. Djokovich will repent letting Nadal of 0-40 in his last service game in third set.


the DA Says:

It isn’t really a surprise that the court plays slower at night is it? Now if they held the final early afternoon ….


Slice Tennis Says:

Rafa is playing deeper now.


van orten Says:

as usual he paints lines


Slice Tennis Says:

“Now if they held the final early afternoon ….”

1. Murray would never have beaten Nole last year.
2. Rafa’s topspin would have more venom.


the DA Says:

“Murray would never have beaten Nole last year.”

I want to borrow your crystal ball.


James Says:

Btw isn’t it amazing that these two are playing their 37th match and no bagel yet in their rivalry? They must really hate losing to each other I guess.


nitesh Says:

It seems match will be over in this set nadal leading 4-1


James Says:

Nadal is only 1 break up. It isn’t over yet. Nadal needs to hold for a couple more games to close the match


tennisfansince76 Says:

@james last year’s final was played in extreme wind. Did you miss that?


Daniel Says:

Bizarre. 3 starigth errors after being 30-0. C’mon. At least froçe Nadal to serve and feel some pressure


James Says:

BP Nadal!!


James Says:

Vamos Rafa!!! Gets the break, 5-1 up. To serve for the match! Oh yesss!


Polo Says:

Djokovic is becoming the new Andy Murray.


metan Says:

Coming soon the title, Vamos RAFA,,, !!!


andrea Says:

bye bye novak.


James Says:

Ben Pronin, Nadal is doing all he can so you can have your talk with Sean. Just a game away.


Slice Tennis Says:

Rafa is rubbing it in now.


Slice Tennis Says:

World no.1 is a point away…..


James Says:

Double championship point!! 13th GS coming!


Slice Tennis Says:

Can Djokovic come back now ??


James Says:

The real no.1 wins the championship! Rafa Nadal climbing the GOAT ladder;)


Slice Tennis Says:

Ben and Skeezer,

Your presence here would be greatly appreciated.


Ben Pronin Says:

I’ll hand it to Nadal, he did what he had to do. But pretty disappointing end to what was a great match for 2 sets.

Just like in last year’s final, Djokovic showed that his best is still the best. But he’s unable to reach that form with any kind of sustained consistency. He let himself get down after inexplicably collapsing in the third set. Well, he should know exactly what he needs to work on going forward.

Sean, let’s discuss, shall we?


metan Says:

VAMOS KING RAFA!!! It is really CLAY!

Congratulation!!!!


Tennisfan Says:

OMG, look at the joy on his face…oh yes


tennisfansince76 Says:

Congratulations rafa. Well played.


Slice Tennis Says:

Nice moment at the net.


nitesh Says:

nadal wins 13 th GS goes 60-3 this year still unbeatable on his weakest surface


tennisfansince76 Says:

Spot on analysis Ben


James Says:

Commies Nole fans! Sorry but this is Rafa’s moment today. Novak did play quite well though.


the DA Says:

13 slams (and counting). Congrats Rafa fans. Commiserations Nole fans. Novak seemed to fade away in that last set. He needs to regroup or rethink things seriously. Most players would kill for his year but by his standards it’s a poor year.

As for Rafa, well, I’m speechless. I’d be seriously amazed if his continued this run through the Asian swing.


Giles Says:

Incredible Rafa! What a warrior, absolutely amazing!
Sean called it. Jamie called it. Thank you guys!
This time last year Rafans were miserable. Today we will be rejoicing.
Well done Champ!
VAMOS RAFA!!


Slice Tennis Says:

Rafa was 2 games to 4 in the third set.
What did he do after that ?
Win 10 games and lose 1.
Absolute demolition.


queen Says:

WHO’S THE MAN!


Brando Says:

@Courbon: sorry about your guys loss. He’s a beast who will be back. No doubt about it!


Slice Tennis Says:

The funny part was everyone thought Djokovic will take down Rafa at FO.


Brando Says:

Djokovic: he was off: 50 UE’s is just not Novak. But be in no doubt: the pressure of Rafa made him miss too much.


van orten Says:

his knees are bad…his knees are bad his knees are bad his knees are bad his knees are bad congrats for slam 13 and counting he is the almost goat…what a nightmare.and numbers dont lie some say.but this is sports..congrats to everyone who likes that player…I am off see u guys at wimby 2014 or 15 or when he is finally retired..goodnight tonight…


Brando Says:

Vamos Rafa! Grand Slam no.13! :-))))))


Giles Says:

3.6 million bucks! Wow! Well deserved Rafa


James Says:

Nadal also takes in $ 3.6 millions prize money, like Serena!


Teeg Says:

Vamos Rafa!! Congrats on Major no. 13 and title no. 60.

He is now on pace to at least tying Roger’s mark.


Teeg Says:

So pleasing that Rafa lets his tennis do all the talking. “He’ll never win off clay” well he just won the US Open. What’s the argument now?


James Says:

James Says:

For Novak to beat Rafa, he needs his amazing ROS and solid BH that’s not leaking too many errors. He also can’t afford to start as poorly as he did against Wawrinka.

For Nadal to beat Djokovic, he needs to serve as well as he can and play aggressive tennis right from the start.

What I think will happen:

First set:
For Nadal, winning the first set is very important in such matches. I expect him to come out all guns blazing. Novak, on the other hand, isn’t as confident as he was in 2011. He won’t be as good as Nadal in the first set.
Nadal wins 1st set.

Second set:
Nadal may not maintain his 1st set level. Novak will likely raise his game here and play his best tennis.
Djokovic wins 2nd set.

Third set:
Both players playing at very high level.

Prediction: Nadal in 4.

September 9th, 2013 at 8:19 am
————–

Funny how the sets actually went that way.


nitesh Says:

I am hoping for rafa’s 2nd AO so that he can have 2 GS each apart from his 8 FO


Polo Says:

Congratulations to Nadal. Very well deserved victory. I hope he continues to remain healthy the rest of his career. I would be happy to see him achieve what his talent deserves without being hindered by injuries. Hats off to him!


hamza Says:

We Rafa fans are greedy. Nole has dominated the Aussie Open. I believe there is some unfinished business down under, and I feel Rafa knows it.


Teeg Says:

All that’s missing from Rafa’s resume is the YEC and he will be one of the most complete champions. Rafa, London is calling. Time to win that title and silence your critics once and for all.


Brando Says:

‘Congratulations to Nadal. Very well deserved victory. I hope he continues to remain healthy the rest of his career. I would be happy to see him achieve what his talent deserves without being hindered by injuries. Hats off to him!’:

Great post!


jamie Says:

Told you so.


James Says:

nitesh, that’s what I hope for too. Double Career Slam would be amazing.

Rafa’s next goal should be the WTF. Then of course the AO in 2014.


JF Says:

Amazing game. Novak couldn’t shake off not getting the break in the tail end of the 3rd set. Incredible, just when you think you’ve seen the best from Rafa he takes his determination/training to another level.


Kreist Says:

Rafael Nadal is the greatest fighter to be honest, he has the best mindset, it is incredible how break point after breakpoint he came up with his best serve, defense, forehand, but I have to say I don´t like his game too much, for me the matches are never on his racquet, but he is something else, he does not have 13 slams just for the sake of it.

As for Djokovic, I think he should hire a new team, he is been with them for so long, that I dont think they can give him like a new energy, he has not been able to win finals, and he is not as mental strong as he used to, as he did in 2011, he is doubting himself way too often in important moments, in break point he was missing for too much, it was just not Nadal, it was him as well.

Nole best is the best, clearly he showed for one set and half, almost two sets, he does not go with the forehand down the line, or most importantly the backhand down the line, that shot is almost gone, and if you go cross court all the time against Nadal he won´t reach some but for sure he will get most of them back, he is not changing directions and thats what has not been clicking the whole season, mostly in slams, because he does not seem too invested in the master 1000s let alone atp 500.. This will be a tough one to swallow not because the match was tight, because how he could not take advantage in the third set

Congrats to Nadal, the guy is a beast, he is the best player no doubt right now, and he put a zip on my mouth because I did not want him to win the Us open.. If he wins the Masters he can claim himself to be the best player after such a difficult last year, he is only 27 and he is not going anywhere


Daniel Says:

Congrats Nadal and fans. Couldn’ see the end of the match.

A few considerations:

1 – This setle for good Djokovic is not better than Nadal nor will be. Pre Wimby I thought Djokovic could have another 3 Slam and get closer to Nadal. Relally believe with his game that he was better. Now with this loss Djokovic is 1-3 in hos Last 4 Slam Finals. 1-2 in US Open versus Nadal which was suppose to be his bets Slam. And it’s two uyears after 2011 and he was not able to win multiple Slams. Nadal had a third year with multiple Slams 1 year short from Federer.

2 – This brings back GOAT debate. Nadal really can surpass Federer. If he wins AO he will have 2 career Slams and I don’t see any other than him, Murray or Djoko taking it.

3 – Nadal will be back to #1 shortly as he deserves so (unbeaten in HC is year, who would have thought of that?!). Probably ending the year #1 adding more weeks to his resume and his GOAT Status. Main goal for the rest of the year: seal YE#1 and win WTF.

As he solved thenDjoko problem only thing in his way is his age (time) and health. Otherwise he could very well equal or Surpass Federer.

Of course he didn’t play a HC classic match todaupy but he didn’t have to be ause Djoko is not consistant anymore. Against everybody else he can save energey and playn okdffense. Agaisnt Djoko he can wait for him to self implode. Risky game and not too pelasent for the eyes but effective and all his hard work tomadpat is paying of.


Humble Rafa Says:

Humble Nation

As you know, it’s a busy night for me. I just wanted to make a few quick points.

First, you are welcome.

Second, it was my pleasure.

3. Though I didn’t bring a big plane, I am happy to take #3.6 million dollars.

4. Even people with small brains now see that “17 is in play”. LOL. I can get to 17 in so many ways . I am only limited by my own imagination.

5. Hard Court is my weakest surface. LOL.

6. Love you, Xisca and Uncle Toni. You are the best gf and uncle respectively.

7. Do you think I can win the dead slow AO to make it twin Grand Slam to go with Olympic Gold and multiple Davis Cups. You think?

8. I only played at 85% of my ability at this US. I slowed down my serve to protect my body.

9. Thank you to all of you. I wouldn’t be here without all of you.

10. Thank you, New York where everybody grows up to be a goat eater.


Hamza Says:

Rafa fans don’t ask everybody to love Rafa nor his game. All we ask is to respect his accomplishments and admire his talent. What you like more is a personal choice but there is no doubt that Nadal deserves respect from all quarters just like Federer does.

I’ll mourn the day Roger retires, and all tennis fans will mourn the day when Rafa retires.

Nole is a worthy number one and his athleticism is a joy to watch. It’s a privilege to watch these gladiators play. They are the Achilles, the Hercules, and the Theseus of our times.

Cherish them for we may not get to see such brilliance again.


Brando Says:

Last post before I call it a night (way past bedtime here in UK, work will be a slog but this was worth it):

The legendary Rafael Nadal has made some historic achievements with this monumental win:

1. He is now the all time no.3 in the history of the game for GS wins: he’s on 13.

2. He is the first player since Andy Roddick in 2003 to clean sweep the USO series.

That means winning: Rogers Cup, Cincinnati and the US Open.

Not even Federer, Djokovic or Murray could claim such a feat. Nor Pete Sampras could claim he completed the toughest feat on the HC.

3. He leaves 2013 as unbeaten on the US HC: winning all the events he entered- Indian Wells, Montreal, Cincy and USO.

That is a 100% record. Not even Federer, Djokovic or Murray can even claim that.

There are many, many more records that have fallen with this win tonight but for now i’ll end on the most pleasant for Rafa’s fans:

Rafael Nadal- 2 time US Open champion!

VAMOS RAFA!


tennisfansince76 Says:

The Buddha was right. Life is suffering.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Am I surprised? No this was predicted in the book of revelations


Anna Says:

I’d like to second that Brando. It does my heart good when a fan of another player/rival is able to show that kind of appreciation. Kudos to you Polo. Congratulations to all Nadal fans. Rafa did something that few have done by sweeping the summer h/c season this year which put nearly 5 million in prize money in his pocket in a little over a month. Absolutely incredible. As for the type of tennis played, defense or not, the smart player is going to play winning tennis and that’s what Rafa did tonight.


Steve 27 Says:

Awesome Rafa! What more could I say? Please stay healthy and focus. At this level I can’t see anyone on tour getting near to beat you..Rafa was the better player and absolutely deserved to win. Well done, hoping for a similar performance at the Australian Open. So now, is there any Rafa haters still waiting to say that Rafa can’t maintain consistency on hard courts? For all those people’s info, this was the 1st time in his career that Rafa has dominated the US Open series like this and for the second time in history after Andy Roddick…the Rafa haters including ‘Overestimation Nadal’ now are hiding under their home carpets or kitchen cabinets..he is not only King of Clay, but also King of Consistency..and the real No.1 player as well..:) Even before one day before the match, the arrogant Djoker said, “Hard court is the surface that, as I said, is my most successful surface. I have played him already here twice in the finals. I know what I need to do. So now, what were you doing in that match? Just shouting likes a barbarian? Next time, just respect your opponent’s abilities before any matches.

US Open 2013: 13th Grand Slam, 10th title of 2013, 60th career title!
Vamos Rafael Nadal!


metan Says:

Brando and Daniel,,,your posts are awesome….thank you guys!!!


Steve 27 Says:

Amazing year for Nadal, ridiculous really–hat’s off. Two slams in 2014 (French & one other) and he’d surpass Sampras’ number of slams at the age of 28.
And also hats off to the US Open for having the worst awards ceremony of all the slams — so rushed it’s a joke. Minimal chance for the winner to savour the sporting moment or hold the trophy aloft before a grinning corporate mogul comes in waving a check for however many millions of dollars and that’s a wrap folks.


Paradox Says:

COMMIES Djokovic fans.Vamos Rafa!.Nadal deserved to win this title.He endured a lot in the last couple of years loosing 7 finals to Djokovic and as well as his knee problem.He showed great heart in his come back.I really hope and wish that he can play at his highest level for many more years to come,breaking many more records,without any injuries to obstruct him.Rafa is such a great international ambassador for tennis and a role model for upcoming players.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I said this before. If Rafa can keep healthy, he could be the first male player to win 20+ GS. I think realistically that should be his goal.

He has beaten Roger on his best surface(Wimby), Novak at his best surface (USO) and both could not beat Rafa on his best surface (Clay).

I doubt anyone would question if Rafa is claimed as the best tennis player of last decade.


hawkeye Says:

Well done Rafa. Bravo! Unbelievable year!

Commies to Courbon and all Nole fans. Nole is an amazing player and will come back stronger.

#Vamos!!!


hawkeye Says:

US Open Tennis ‏@usopen 50m
#Nadal: “At the end, the most important thing is having the trophy, but it’s more special winning against a big player like #Novak.”

#Respect
#Champ


WTF Says:

van orten Says:

“just do not know why the stars always aline in favour of nadal..”

Stars align.. really? If Sunday 2011 didn’t rain out, how well do you think Nole would have recovered from that epic 5 setter against Federer? He played second on Saturday (semi finals) and went 5 sets. Rafa played first and won in 3 sets, so not only did he have less time on court, he had more time to recover also. But Nole was gifted a day of rest. The same thing happened in 2010. And again in 2013, except this wasn’t a rain delay but a planned Monday final. In all 3 USO Finals matches against Rafa he had to come off a 5 set semi final, but was lucky to get sunday off as a day of rest, when traditionally the most gruelling part of the US Open is back to back semis and finals.


WTF Says:

“haha I totally agree with u Ben.. these courts are way slower than in years past ..”

They’re only slow after Rafa wins. When he loses, the courts are too fast for his game…


fed is afraid Says:

Yep, the USO outdoes itself every year with the worst trophy ceremony. They have to hurry up to get tennis over with so 60 minutes can come on on sunday, and then tonight so their dopey shows can come on. Disgraceful.


Steve 27 Says:

jamie you are Nostradamus. Thanks to you I earn big money with Djoker in Australia, Rafa in RG and NY and Andy in Wimbledon.
Next 2014 mens predictions gs champions


metan Says:

@Steve 27 ,

I think I am the only one who betting. LOL.!!
But I lost my money for Roger versus Tommy.


Steve 27 Says:

metan, sometimes is good to expects something different to the normal stuff,


jamie Says:

It’s too early to tell, I have to wait for MP’s and FD’s predictions.

My own personal predictions would be:

AO Nadal
FO Nadal
Wimbledon Murray
USO Djokovic

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