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 SI.com for more on Nadal's victory.


Filed under: Sports • Tennis
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. josh

    rafa!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • kathy

      What a great match. Love that Rafa!!!

      September 13, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lobster

    Rafa is the new King of tennis. Shut up if you dont know

    September 13, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jacob

    @Kyle Apparently you do – at least enough to post a comment.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    Wow Kyle's opinion...Who cares?

    September 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SNaik

    1st. Nadal is the best!!!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brandon

    A lot of people care, get over yourself.

    So happy for Rafa! Totally deserved it and so humble!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kelly

    I had so hoped Novak was going to win. He played a amazing match against Roger. Next Year I hope that he wins the US Open

    September 13, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ders

      I DOUBT IT.

      September 14, 2010 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eric of Reseda

    OK, Journalism 101..if you're going to tout the fact that Nadal is now only the seventh man to win a career Grand Slam, then you...LIST THE OTHER SIX!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • MG

      Ha Ha well said, sounds like a person with limited tennis knowledge wrote this article!

      September 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uwhinge

      Nadal, Federer, Agassi, Emerson, Laver, Budge and Perry. But Budge and Laver are the only ones to win the Grand Slam in a single calendar year. Nadal had 3 of the 4 this year, the first time that was done since Laver in 1969. Laver actually won the Grand Slam in a single calendar year twice. But when he was playing, three slams were on grass and one (French) was on clay.

      September 13, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Do the math

      Notice how Pete Sampras is missing from that list? I think that's the one blemish on his otherwise great list of achievements.

      September 13, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 10Sball

    Awesome tennis by two great players! Congrats Rafa!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SNaik

    Well he's better than Federer was when Federer was 24, so lets see how far he can go.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jamietb

    Akki,

    Since when tennis a team sport (except doubles)? Your comment is not relevant.
    Kyle, others have already said it better, but why waste our time if you have nothing to add?

    September 13, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Leo

    Nadal did something even better than winning a career Gran Slam, he won it in the same year which is called just Grand Slam. And only other tennis player managed to do that before, in the 60s. But Rafa won the last Olympic Gold medal too, so it's a Golden Slam, and it's the first time a male tennis player manages to do that!

    September 13, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • SNaik

      You moron, he never won the Australian Open this year, which doesn't make it a calender year Grand Slam.

      September 13, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric W

      It wasn't a slam since Fed won the Australian Open..and it's not a golden slam – that's winning all 4 slams and the Olympics in the same year, like Steffi Graf, the only person to achieve this feat, did in 1988.

      September 13, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kathy

    What a sensational match. Both of them were outstanding players tonight and showed such great respect for one another.
    That is so refreshing since so many athletes don't react that way!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nadal

    Thanks Fans for all your comments .. appreciate the support !

    September 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Trought

      What a fight it started out as but you prevailed as the champion you are

      September 13, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robert Taylor

    MEN'S CAREER GRAND SLAMS
    Fred Perry (GB) 1933-1935
    Don Budge (US) 1937-1938
    I believe Nadal is the youngest to do it.

    Rod Laver (Aus) 1960-1962
    Roy Emerson (Aus) 1961-1964
    Andre Agassi (US) 1992-1999
    Roger Federer (Swiss) 2003-2009
    Rafael Nadal (Spain) 2005-2010

    September 13, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
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