The world's top-ranked tennis player now has a career Grand Slam.
Rafael Nadal defeated third-seeded Novak Djokovic in the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open in New York on Monday night, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. The match ended almost six hours after it began. Rain interrupted the second set for about two hours.
The win gives the 24-year-old Spaniard his first U.S. Open title. He becomes the seventh man to win all four Grand Slam singles titles for his career, and he has nine Grand Slams overall.
Asked what it meant to finally conquer the U.S. Open, he said: “That’s more [than] what I dreamed.”
Nadal also saluted his opponent, saying Djokovic would win the event himself very soon.
Nadal just missed winning all four Grand Slam singles titles in one calendar year. He won 2010’s Wimbledon and French Open, but not this year’s Australian Open.
The men’s final initially was scheduled for Sunday, but rain moved the event to Monday.
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