September 13th, 2011
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Djokovic Defeats Nadal to clinch First U.S. Open Title

Djokovitch, US OpenNew York: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic captured his first US Open title by defeating defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1 in four hours and ten minutes to earn his first U.S. Open title and third Grand Slam trophy of 2011. Along with the Australian Open and Wimbledon tournament victories, it’s his third major title of 2011.

Djokovic improved to 64 wins from 66 matches with 10 tournament titles in a single spectacular year. Djokovic thus created one of the greatest years in the history of men’s tennis. Djokovic is now 62-2 on the year with 6-0 against World No: 2 Nadal all in finals — three on hard courts, including Monday; two on clay; and one on grass at Wimbledon in July.

Djokovic also won the Australian Open in January, and is only the sixth man in the 40-plus years of the Open era to collect three major titles in a single season. Djokovic is just the sixth player in the Open Era to complete this feat joining the exclusive club of Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The best win-loss record in the modern era was John McEnroe’s 82-3 in 1984, although that included two Grand Slam titles, because he lost in the French Open final and didn’t enter the Australian Open. Roger Federer was 81-4 in 2005 with two majors, exiting twice in the semifinals. Rod Laver (twice) and Don Budge are the only men to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a year.

“I’ve had an amazing year,” Djokovic said, “and it keeps going.” I guess it takes some time to realise the success that I had this year,” said Djokovic. “Especially now winning another major. It’s going to probably all settle down towards the end of the year when I take some time off and analyse the year. But right now I’m all over positive emotions. It’s really hard to find the words that can describe the feeling that I had and that I have still.

“I think I’ve played a great match really from the start to the end. Even though I lost the third set, I was a break up three times in that set. Maybe I should not drop my serve in those moments. The way I look at it, it takes a lot of mental energy and physical energy to win against these guys, especially Rafa. He never gives up. You could see that today. Two sets and a break down and serving for the match and he’s coming back. That’s why he’s a great champion. So when I lost this third set it wasn’t fun, definitely. I knew that I am not physically there. I’m not as fit as I was at the start of the match, so I needed to take chances, and I did. It was an incredible set for me.

“Maybe it is the best match I played in the US Open so far this year. I stepped on the court believing I can win, and I was hitting the balls from the baseline really strong and flat. I didn’t give him any comfort, any rhythm. I was kind of trying to keep control of the match; it was working well.”

“Obviously I’m disappointed, but you know what, this guy is doing is unbelievable,” Nadal said. Addressing Djokovic, Nadal added, “What you did this year is impossible to repeat, so well done.” “I fought until the last point,” said Nadal.

“I tried my best in every moment. I am happy with a lot of things, much happier than the previous matches against him. In other things I’m not that happy. But in general I think he did great. I had my chances. I really had my chances. I always had big trouble beating him here on this surface in the past. It’s not an exception now, especially because he’s doing better than ever. But you know what? I go back home knowing that I am on the way. I like to fight; I want to enjoy this battle against him. Six straight losses, for sure that’s painful. But I’m going to work every day until that changes.”

“I don’t feel any obligation to win the tournament. That’s the truth. I am not that one that feels that the final is a bad result. I don’t consider myself that good. I fight to be always there. I fight all the time to win every match. I appreciate the result. Final is a fantastic result. Winning ten Grand Slams, this year I won another one, Roland Garros. It’s smart to accept the losses with the same calm as the victories, and keep working without thinking on the past.”







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