Djokovic overcomes Nadal to win US Open

September 13th, 2011 - 3:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Novak Djokovic New York, Sep 13 (IANS) Top seed Novak Djokovic captured his third major title of the year at the US Open by dismissing second seed Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1 at Flushing Meadows.

A year after Nadal won three major titles, and four years after Roger Federer did the same, Djokovic has now joined the club of six as the finest men’s singles season in Open era history.

He won the Australian Open over Andy Murray in the final and beat Nadal in the Wimbledon final, Xianhua reported.

Djokovic beat Nadal in 4 hours 10 minutes here Monday. The win made Djokovic 64-2 this year, gave him his first US Open title and also placed him among the all-time greats. The Serb maintained all-win record against Nadal this year, all six encounters from the tournament finals.

Overall, this was Djokovic’s fourth major title. His first was the 2008 Australian Open.

Nadal, the defending champion, at the courtside interview said: “Obviously I am disappointed now. This guy is doing unbelievable things.” Then he looked toward Djokovic and said, “What you did this year is probably impossible to repeat. So, well done.”

The two carved up the year’s four major tournaments with the Spaniard grabbing the remaining French Open at Roland Garros, where Djokovic was inflicted his first loss of the season by Roger Federer in the semifinal.

Djokovic gave credit of his success to his scheduling this year. “The result is definitely something that I haven’t expected. But it keeps coming because I think when to have a little break, when to rest my body, when to get ready and prepare well for, you know, US Open swing, the clay swing, now the Asian swing,” said the 24-year-old Serb.

“So now I learned to get my scheduling right. Right now I feel drained emotionally and physically and mentally, but it’s normal. After such a long year, so many matches. But I have this trophy here, and this is what I was fighting for. I’m going to take time off.”

With three Grand Slams in hand, Djokovic set eyes on the French Open. “I still want to win many more events, many more major events. To complete the career Grand Slam, to win the French Open. It’s something that is definitely an ambition, but it’s going to take time,” he said.

Nadal took a 2-0 lead in the first set, but the Serb clinched six games in a row to wrap up the opener.

The third game of the second set the tone of the match. It lasted 17 minutes 15 seconds, when trying to defend a sixth break point after eight deuces, Nadal, who appeared positioned for a winning overhead, slammed the ball into the net.

If Nadal had held serve, he would have grabbed a 3-0 lead. Instead it was Djokovic who pumped his fist, came out after the changeover and held serve at love. Nadal managed to level at 4-4 just only to drop his serve in the ninth game following a double break points.

In the third set, the two exchanged breaks thrice to force a tiebreaker, in which Nadal took a 5-1 lead and won on his second set point with a forehand return winner.

During the changeover, Djokovic called for the trainer, who worked on the Serb’s back.

After Djokovic held serve to open the fourth set, he called for the trainer again and used an injury timeout for his back.

And then Djokovic won another two games to take a 3-0 lead to send the match running away from Nadal.

After losing to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, Nadal was admirably candid, admitting that he would have to “find solutions” if he hoped to beat his new nemesis, something he hadn’t done since the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

It’s the first time for the same competitors reaching the US Open final for consecutive years since 1987-1988 when Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander doubled up.

“I want to enjoy about this battle against him. Six straight losses, for sure that’s painful,” said Nadal.

“I’m going to work every day until that changes. So I have a goal, easy goal for me now.”

“He’s doing few things better, but he was fantastic player before,” added the 25-year-old Spaniard.

“If I have to say two things about I’m not happy tonight, it’s my serve for sure the first one. Because if my serve works really well, I know I have the challenge, the mental challenge for sure.”

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