The final was postponed to Monday due to rain, but even more rested, Djokovic couldn’t do much to prevent Nadal from winning his elusive first US Open title.

With his 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Novak Djokovic, Nadal became the seventh man in tennis history to complete a Career Grand Slam, and the second male player after Andre Agassi to complete a Career Golden Slam. Nadal’s Grand Slam total is already one more than Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi or Ivan Lendl won.

Nadal is also the first player to win the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open the same year since Rod Laver in 1969.

Nadal’s road to the final

Round Opponent Score
R1 Teimuraz Gabashvili 7-6(4), 7-6(4), 6-3
R2 Denis Istomin 6-2, 7-6(5), 7-5
R3 Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
R4 Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
QF Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
SF Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Djokovic’s road to the final

Round Opponent Score
R1 Viktor Troicki 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
R2 Philipp Petzschner 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(6)
R3 James Blake 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-3
R4 Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-4, 6-1
QF Gael Monfils 7-6(2), 6-1, 6-2
SF Roger Federer 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5

Who will win the 2010 US Open?

Who will win?

  • Roger Federer (47%, 14 Votes)
  • Rafael Nadal (40%, 12 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Andy Roddick (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Robin Soderling (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nikolay Davydenko (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Fernando Verdasco (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

Loading ... Loading ...

– Nadal cruises to final with a straight sets win over Mikhail Youzhny.

World number one Rafael Nadal was just too good for Youzhny. After two defeats in semifinals the past two years (he lost to Andy Murray in 2008 and to Juan Martin Del Potro in 2009), the 24 year old Spaniard advanced to his first US Open final. With a win tonight, Nadal would become the seventh man in tennis history to complete a career Grand Slam.

– Djokovic stuns Federer in a five set thriller

Novak Djokovic saved 2 match points a 4-5 in the fifth, and after a grueling 3h 44 min match, he defeated Roger Federer to prevent the Nadal-Federer final everyone was hoping for.

To be honest, I was just closing my eyes and hitting forehands as fast as I can on match point. If it goes in, it goes in. If it goes out, just another loss to Federer in the U.S. Open. I managed to come back. I was very lucky.

– Kim Clijsters’ love story with New York continues

Kim Clijsters dismantled Vera Zvonareva 6-2 6-1 to win her third US Open trophy. She became the first woman to retain her title since Venus Williams in 2001.

Clijsters won her 21st consecutive match here and her third title in her past three tries. Zvonareva, as predicted, lost her nerve.
Kim:

A little bit of experience definitely helps. I told her it’s tough. It took me six or seven finals before I finally got one. ‘Vera, keep it going. It will happen.

Defending champion Kim Clijsters cruised through the quarters but had to battle in quarters against French Open runner-up Sam Stosur and in semies against Venus Williams, to advance to the final. Winner in 2005 and 2008, it will be her third straight final at Flushing Meadows.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Greta Arn 6-0, 7-5
R2 Sally Peers 6-2, 6-1
R3 Petra Kvitova(27) 6-3, 6-0
R4 Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1
QF Sam Stosur(5) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
SF Venus Williams(3) 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4

Even though Clijsters is the favorite, the Russian has been impressive so far: she hasn’t lost a set and beat number one seed Caroline Wozniacki in spectacular fashion. It will Vera‘s second Grand Slam final in a row as she reached the final at Wimbledon (she lost to Serena Williams)

Round Opponent Score
R1 Zuzana Kucova 6-2, 6-1
R2 Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 7-6(5)
R3 Alexandra Dulgheru(25) 6-2, 7-6(2)
R4 Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-2
QF Kaia Kanepi(31) 6-3, 7-5
SF Caroline Wozniacki(1) 6-4, 6-3

Kim leads their head to head 5 to 2, but Vera won their last two matches this year at Wimbledon and Montreal, each time in 3 disputed sets.

Year Tournament Surface Winner Score in final
2002 US Open Hard Clijsters 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
2006 Eastbourne Grass Clijsters 3-0 ret
2006 Wimbledon Grass Clijsters 7-5, 6–3
2006 Stanford Hard Clijsters 6–2, 3-6, 6-1
2006 Hasselt Hard Clijsters 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
2010 Wimbledon Grass Zvonareva 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
2010 Montreal Hard Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

The key of this final, like often in women’s tennis, will be the mental: the winner will be the mentally stronger player.

Who wil win? Please vote:

Who will win?

  • Kim Clijsters (42%, 10 Votes)
  • Venus Williams (21%, 5 Votes)
  • Other (13%, 3 Votes)
  • Caroline Wozniacki (8%, 2 Votes)
  • Sam Stosur (8%, 2 Votes)
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Elena Dementieva (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Jelena Jankovic (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Francesca Schivaone (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Vera Zvonareva (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

Loading ... Loading ...