Novak Djokovic:

“Nadal … is just proving each day, each year, that he’s getting better. That’s what’s so frustrating, a little bit. He’s getting better each time you play him. He’s so mentally strong and dedicated to this sport. He has all the capabilities, everything he needs, in order to be the biggest ever.”

Ken Skupski:

“Rafael Nadal has the career Grand Slam and an Olympic Gold. Let’s hope he doesn’t try and get all the doubles Grand Slam titles now!”

Brad Gilbert:

“Got to love Djoker playing his heart out. Rafa has worn him down making him work on every pt. It’s like watching discovery channel safari.”

Mahesh Bhupathi:

They asked who was greater Pete or Andre.Today onwards the question will be The Fed or Rafa..possibly the most excting time in Mens tennis!!

Hmm, well, was about the 80’s… Borg, McEnroe, Connors, Lendl, Wilander, Edberg, Becker????

Mats Wilander:

“I think this victory says that we should stop talking about Federer being the greatest player of all time, I truly believe that. We can say that Roger is, but there’s no point in doing that until Nadal is done. It’s already unfair to me to say Roger is because Rafa is beating him all the time on every surface and in the Slam finals.”

Honestly, I think it’s completely stupid and unfair to compare players playing in different eras with different racquets and on different surfaces.
I appreciate Nadal but seriously if he would have played at Wimbledon in the Sampras era on fast grass courts with fast balls, he would have had absolutely no chance to capture the title. But these days, grass courts are as slow as the clay courts of Roland Garros.

You can compare Sampras to Agassi, but really how can you compare let’s say Lendl who played in the Borg-McEnroe-Connors-Wilander-Edberg-Becker era to Federer who plays against well… Nadal.
How can you compare eras when the majors are the most important tournaments of the season to eras when the Australian Open was just a little tournament Down Under and when players would take part to dozens of match exhibitions a year.

Please share you thoughts, what do you think about this all GOAT debate?

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)
  • Fernando Verdasco (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nikolay Davydenko (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Robin Soderling (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.