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

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– 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.

Nike created a limited edition Court Ballistec 2.2 in conjunction with the US Open. The shoes were sold at the US Open, with only a limited quantity available at the US Open Nike Store. Nike and Rafael Nadal played off Wilson tennis balls and applied the tennis ball material to the Court Ballistec 2.2. A perfect idea for the US Open.
The shoe features a tennis ball-like upper with a yellow sockliner, midsole, and XDR outsole. A rubber toe cap and white Swoosh add detail.
The shoes were only available in size 15 for $40. You had the option of buying a left or right shoe for $40. This is a great collector’s item, and a better buy for people that wear size 15.

Via Niketalk