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Nadal is the King of Queens

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Nadal is the King of Queens

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07:49 10 Sep 2013


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Rafael Nadal beat world number one Novak Djokovic in a pulsating four-set final to claim his second US Open title in New York. The 27 year old Spaniard held on in the third set to go on and win a gripping contest 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 in three hours and 21 minutes. One incredible 54-shot rally – the longest in the tournament by 20 shots – summed up a battle that thrilled the 23,000 spectators in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nadal has now won 13 Grand Slam singles titles and moves within one of Pete Sampras in the all-time list, with Roger Federer leading on 17. And after missing last year’s US Open during a seven-month absence with a knee injury, Nadal is now set to regain the number one ranking.

The Spaniard said: “For a few reasons, this season is probably the most emotional one in my career. I felt that I did everything right to have my chance here.

“You play a match against one of the best players in history like Novak on probably his favourite surface, so I knew I had to be almost perfect to win.

“It means a lot for me have this trophy with me today. It’s just amazing. I’m very, very happy, and I just say thank you very much to everybody who helped me to make that possible. It’s a really special moment for me.”

Nadal now has 13 grand slam titles – one adrift of Pete Sampras and four behind Roger Federer – after winning for a second time in New York.

He said: “I never thought something like this could happen. I was so excited to be back on tour trying to be competitive.

“I never thought about competing for all that I competed for this year. All the Masters 1000s, two grand slams. It’ s just more than a dream for me, and I’m very happy for everything.

“I feel very lucky about what’s happened since I came back.”


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