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.
The 27-year-old Spaniard, out last year with a knee injury, came back with a vengeance, winning his eighth French Open title in...
US OPEN COVERAGE
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.
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.”
American Serena Williams captured her second straight US Open title over Victoria Azarenka in a repeat of last year’s final.
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 is in the US Open final after victory Saturday over Richard Gasquet.
Novak Djokovic won an instant classic over Stanislas Wawrinka. Djokovic advances to his fourth straight US Open Final.
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.