September 13th, 2010
10:23 PM ET

Rafael Nadal wins U.S. Open

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.

Check out for more on Nadal's victory.

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Petar

    Rafa is new king! He is 17:7 against Federer and he is just getting into his prime. I think that Nadal in his prime would win Federer in his prime every time. Djokovic is also reaching his prime which is better than current Federer but worse than Nadal. Anyway, I think that saying that Djokovic ruined the final by beating Federer is retarded. I am 100% sure that Nadal would easily beat Federer 3:0.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. godlywoman

    great champion. well deserved. great runner up. glad fed wasn't there. when the linesman fell over and the chair said to replay the point, he argued. he has no class.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cuadrose

    We love you and your game Rafa!

    September 14, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Steve Perry

    The Spaniards are dominating the world in all the major sporting events:
    World Cup Champions, Tour de France Champion, Wimbledon Champion, French Open Champion, US Open Champion, Grand Prix Champions, and the even the European Cup Champions.

    "Long Live SPAIN"

    September 14, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. JohnHolland

    What a short summary of a major US and worldwide sports event.
    Shame on CNN, go back to report celebrities.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. philipe12

    As if tennis is baseball.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pauline Philp

    Happy that Rafa won. Sad I didn't see the match. But I expected him to win. Much more anon.

    September 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cheaphotelsinhollywoodca

    My favorite is Ana Ivanovic allways, i thing, she be no1 again, in 2012 year

    May 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
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