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2013 US Open | Aug. 26 – Sept. 9

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning the 2013 US Open. (Photo by Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Liguori: Rafael Nadal Simply Unstoppable On Hard Court

The 27-year-old Spaniard, out last year with a knee injury, came back with a vengeance, winning his eighth French Open title in...

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a point during his US Open men's singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Sept. 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Nadal Puts On Clinic In Final 2 Sets, Demolishes Djokovic For US Open Crown

Looking fit as can be, and tough as — maybe even better than — ever, No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal pulled away from No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday in a taut, tense U.S. Open final.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his men's singles semifinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland on Day Thirteen of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USTA)

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Meet Again For US Open Title

The stakes are always high, the encounters always memorable. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have built the best rivalry in tennis on a mountain of big-time matches, the likes of which they’ll play Monday in the US Open final.

Serena Williams holds the trophy as she celebrates her win over Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their 2013 US Open women's singles final at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center September 8, 2013 in Flushing Meadows. (Photo by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Liguori: There’s No Stopping Serena Williams With Emotions In Check

Dealing with adversity in intense matches is where Serena Williams has shown the biggest improvement. As her sister Venus said, “the only player that can beat Serena is Serena herself.”

Serena Williams of the United States of America celebrates a point during her women's singles final match against Victoria Azarenka (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Serena Williams Defeats Azarenka, Repeats As US Open Champion

American Serena Williams captured her second straight US Open title over Victoria Azarenka in a repeat of last year’s final.

Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka hug at the end of their 2013 US Open men's semifinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. (Photo credit: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Liguori: Djokovic–Wawrinka Semifinal Was An Epic!

Even though Djokovic won, the crowd was so impressed with Wawrinka’s effort and game, they gave him a well-deserved long-standing ovation after the match.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his men's singles semifinal match against Richard Gasquet of France on Day Thirteen of the 2013 US Open. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Nadal To Face No. 1 Seed Djokovic In US Open Final

Rafael Nadal is in the US Open final after victory Saturday over Richard Gasquet.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his men's singles semifinal match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland on Day Thirteen of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USTA)

Djokovic Pulls Out Epic Win Over Wawrinka, Advances To US Open Final

Novak Djokovic won an instant classic over Stanislas Wawrinka. Djokovic advances to his fourth straight US Open Final.

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus plays against Flavia Pennetta of Italy during their US Open women's singles semifinal match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on Sept. 6, 2013. (Photo: TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Azarenka Wins Ugly, Gets Dominant Serena In US Open Final Rematch

Six times, Serena Williams was a single point from winning on Friday. Six times, she failed to come through. All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable.