Rafael Nadal — Getty ImagesA year ago during the U.S. Open final, Rafael Nadal wasn't even in New York, out of the event because of a nagging knee injury that basically made the second half of his 2012 season obsolete.
A year later, Rafael Nadal is the best male tennis player in the world, taking out No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win his second U.S. Open and 13th career Grand Slam title.
His win earlier this year at the French Open might have told the world that Nadal isn't finished yet in his career, but he has always been a different beast on clay. Winning on a hard surface like he did on Monday night on Arthur Ashe Stadium wasn't just a good effort, but a monumental one against a guy that beat him on this same court two years ago to snag his first U.S. Open trophy.
Nadal was relentless, taking the opening set in 42 minutes and despite a disappointing second set, came back strong in the third after getting broke in the first game by Djokovic. Halfway through that third set it looked like Novak hadRead More »from Rafael Nadal wins the U.S. Open over Novak Djokovic in dominant fashion