Rafael Nadal Wins US Open After Beating Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal falls to the court after defeating Novak Djokovic (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

Rafael Nadal defeated longtime rival Novak Djokovic to win the 2013 U.S. Open title in four sets 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on a brisk night in Flushing, N.Y. The victory marks Nadal’s second U.S. Open title and 13th Grand Slam championship.

The Spaniard crushed the world’s No.1 ranked player in a match that contained a thrilling 54-shot rally.

Nadal, who now holds a 22-15 lifetime record against Djokovic, took control of the three-hour, 21-minute match early, breaking Djokovic twice in the first set. He’s now third all-time with 13 major championships and only four behind his rival Roger Federer.

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