Nadal wins US Open to capture career Grand Slam

15:06, September 14, 2010      

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with his championship trophy during the awarding ceremony for the men's singles event at the US Open tennis tournament in New York Sept. 13, 2010. Rafael Nadal won the champion of the event after beating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final 3-1 on Sept. 13. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)
Top seed Rafael Nadal of Spain edged through third seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to win the US Open, the only major eluded the Spaniard, accomplishing the career Grand Slam accolade on Monday.

It was Nadal's ninth Grand Slam title to go with his five French Opens, two Wimbledons and one Australian and it lifts him up to seventh in the all-time list behind leader Roger Federer who has 16.

It also completed the Grand Slam set for the Spaniard, making him the seventh player to have achieved this feat and made him just the fourth man to win three consecutive Grand Slam titles in the Open era dating back to 1968.

"(Winning the US Open) is more than I dreamt, just to arrive to the final was amazing and to have the trophy in my hands in a few seconds with my heart beating is going to be unbelievable," said Nadal on court in an televised interview.

Talking of his opponent, Nadal said: "First thing, I would like to congratulate Novak and all his team for a great tournament, you're a great player and you're going to win this trophy very soon, I'm sure of that.

"I want to congratulate you for a great attitude after losing a Grand Slam final, that's a great example for the kids."

"It's a dream to have the career Grand Slam, but it's more a dream to have the U.S. Open," Nadal added in a news conference. "The U.S. Open is the most difficult tournament for me to play."

Nadal earned a total of 26 break points, converting six, while Djokovic pulled out only four, of which three were taken advantage. The Serb turned out 47 unforced errors (16 more than his opponent) cut sharply his edge against the hot Spaniard, who is playing in monster form to win three Grand Slam in a row.

"He (Nadal) has the capabilities already now to become the best player. I think he's playing the best tennis that I ever see him play on hard courts," said 23-year-old Djokovic.

Nadal is serving better than ever and winning all six of his matches in straight sets before the Open final, without being forced into so much as a tiebreak in his last four.

"He (Nadal) has improved his serve drastically. The speed, the accuracy, and of course his baseline is as good as ever," added the Serb.

"So he is a very complete player. And for me, in order to win him tonight, I had to be on the top of tha match, but then there were some moments I dropped my focus a little bit. You know, I dropped my level of game and just a little bit on service games. It went for me, but he took it away, and he never gave me a chance to go back."

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