Rafael Nadal has never been more proud! Last night he managed to defeat Novak Djokovic and secure his 9th Grand Slam title in the men’s final of the 2010 U.S. Open. In four sets (6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2), Nadal fought his way to the end and took home his very own chunk of tennis history. At only 24-years old, Nadal became the third-youngest man in the Open era of tennis to have won a career Grand Slam–at least one Australian Open, Wimbledon, French Open and U.S. Open title. Also, last night’s win makes him one of only seven men to have earned this honor.
This 3 hour, 43-minute men’s final didn’t start out great. Djokovic was not in top form although he broke Nadal early on. It also had a two hour delay due to rain in the second set. But these two champions played like true professionals.
Early on, we all had our hunches that Nadal would be the player to beat this year. Djokovic knew this too and explained why playing Nadal is so difficult. He says that Nadal “is proving each day, each year, that he’s getting better. That’s what is so frustrating a little bit. He’s getting better each time you play him. He is so mentally strong and dedicated to this sport. You know he has all the capabilities, everything he needs, in order to be the biggest ever, in my opinion.’’
Nadal was on a mission last night and finally prevailed. He took home $1.7 million for his win and no one deserves it more!