US Open men’s final: live updates Rafael Nadal v Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal serves to Novak Djokovic. Photo: Reuters Novak Djokovic of Serbia slams a forehand. Photo: Getty Images
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“Hey Leo, can you believe how tight this match is?” Jessica Alba. Photo: AFP

“Yeah, I know, these guys are amazing!” Leonardo DiCaprio. Photo: Getty Images

Rafael Nadal exults after taking the third set. Photo: Reuters

Rafael Nadal smashes a backhand. Photo: Getty Images

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal takes on fellow top five titan Novak Djokovic in what should be an epic US Open men’s final.

Nadal v Djokovic 6-2, 3-6.

Novak Djokovic has levelled the 2013 US Open men’s final by taking the second set 6-3, breaking Nadal’s serve twice. The Spaniard pushed Djokovic to deuce after the first break, but he was unable to break through.

Djokovic first broke Nadal’s serve in the sixth game of the second set after a 54-shot rally. The game has been in progress for 100 minutes.

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 1-0Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal won the first set 6-2, in 42 minutes. In the 37th meeting between the two titans of tennis, Nadal broke early to lead 2-1, and he maintained his dominance throughout the set. But Djokovic is in top as the match nears the two hour mark. He broke Nadal twice to take out the second set, then broke the Spaniard in the first game of the third set.

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 2-0

Djokovic consolidates his early break in the second set. He has won 65 points to Nadal’s 64, hit 25 winners to 14, but committed 27 unforced errors to 14.

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-4.

Nadal, serving to maintain games on service, fell 0-40 down, and fell heavily twice during rallies. But he picked himself up both times and fought on to deuce.null

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-4.

After conceding a break in the first game of the third set, Rafael Nadal has fought back, breaking Djokovic in the seventh game. He is serving to take the lead in the set and the match. We’re 147 minutes in and both men already look drained.

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-5.

Rafael Nadal slugged his way from 0-40 to take the ninth game. He has converted four of seven break point opportunities. Djokovic is rating three from nine.

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-6. 2hrs 43 minutes.

Nadal gets down on his haunches and fist pumps after stunning Djokovic with an ambush break to take the third set. He looked to be struggling after the Serb took the second set and led 2-0 in the third. Then he was 0-40 down on his service in the ninth game, fought back to win , and reeled off four consecutive points to surge past Djokovic in the tenth game to take the set.

This is the sixth grand slam final contested by this [air, with Djokovic holding a 3-2 advantage. They are usually wars of attrition, exacting tests of mental strength and physical endurance. The acid is on Djokovic now after dropping a set which he led by a break.

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-6. 40-30

Djokovic brings up a break point with a cross-court drop shot after a punishing rally and chasedown of a Nadal drop-shot. That deft touch after so much punishing shotplay from the back of the court … this match is entering epic territory, as expected.

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 0-1.

Nadal holds serve after being pushed twice to break point. That makes it seven games out of eight for the Spaniard, after he fell behind 0-3 in the second set. The left-hander is upping his intensity in search of a crucial fourth set advantage.

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 0-2.

Djokovic falls 0-40 behind on service, and fights back with the help of an unplayable net cord. But Nadal rifles a forehand deep into the forehand corner to take the game, and a stranglehold on the final.nullnull

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 1-3.

Convincing service game from Djokovic, in which he lost only one point, gets him on the board in the fourth set. He needs a break soon to remain in the match. The final sizzling backhand return from Nadal – which just missed the forehand line – is a reminder that the leftie is going for his shots and pushing for victory.

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 1-4.

Nadal holds serve with little fuss. The game has gone for 3hours and 11 minutes, and Nadal looks keen to stop it from going past four hours. His first serve effectiveness was down to 53% during the third set, but has risen back to 63%, making it easier to maintain his lead.

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 1-5. BREAK.

Rafael Nadal is serving for the championship after once again breaking Djokovic. The Serb led 30-15, but made two tired unforced errors, then faulted trying to save game point. Nadal slammed his baseline shots to either corner, and another error cost Djokovic the break. He currently looks unable to arrest the shock slide that began when he led 3-0 in the third set.

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 1-6. NADAL WINS.

Nadal’s punding serves give Djokovic no chance to set up a break. He gets to 40-15 with a nearly unplayable swinging serve to the forehand. A long delay before he serves for the match, but once again, he outlasts Novak in the brief rally, and the championship is his, in at least an hour less than many expected.

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 1-6. NADAL WINS.

Nadal crumpled to the ground upon winning, but now he has found some energy, running and jumping after greeting some of his entourage at court’s end. He has now taken out 13 grand slam titles, mocing past Roy Emerson’s 12. Pete Sampras won 14 and Roger Federer looks to have finished his slam-winning days at 17 titles. This is Nadal’s second US Open.

Djokovic is stony-faced, disbelieving. His form fell away badly in the final set.

Nadal is 60-3 in 2013, a brilliant comeback after serious injury curtailed his career. He is 22-0 on hard-courts.

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 0-3.

Djokovic is making mistakes, hitting the ball low into the net, his consistency in long rallies on the wane. Nadal is hitting the ball harder and more accurately as he surges in search of a four-set win. He has now won 108 points to 94, a count that was dead level during the third set.null

Djokovic v Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 1-6. NADAL WINS HIS SECOND US OPEN.

Rafael Nadal claimed his second US Open title and 13th Grand Slam crown on Monday when he defeated world number one Novak Djokovic, 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 in a lung-busting, big-hitting final. Nadal, 27, added the 2013 trophy to his 2010 triumph, when he completed a career Grand Slam, and capped a year which has now seen him capture 10 titles and stretch his season winning record to 60 victories and just three losses. Monday’s win also earned him a total of $US3.6 million ($A3.92 million), which takes his career earnings through the $US60 million ($A65.37 million) mark and also edged him closer to Roger Federer’s record of 17 majors.

AFP

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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