NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 9, 2013) (REUTERS) - Rafa Nadal crowned his brilliant year by defeating world number one Novak Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 to win the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday (September 9).
The Spaniard earned his second grand slam crown this season following his French Open triumph, sealing the win when Djokovic dumped a forehand into the net, sending Nadal down onto his back before rolling face down and sobbing in joy.
Nadal, who won the 2010 U.S. Open in a final against Djokovic and then lost their finals rematch in 2011, improved his hard court record to a spotless 22-0 this year and his overall match record to a sensational 60-3.
"For a few things this season is probably the most emotional one in my career. I felt that I did everything right to have my chance here. So, you know, you play one match against one of the best players of the history like this, Novak, No. 1 in the world, probably on probably his favorite surface, so I have to be almost perfect to win," the 27-year-old said afterwards.
"Means a lot for me have this trophy with me today."
"It's all my fault," said Djokovic. "I made some unforced errors in the crucial moments with forehands and dropped the serve twice when I should not have. Then he started playing much, much better after that, and I obviously could not recover."
The left-hander from Mallorca, who missed last year's tournament at Flushing Meadows because of a knee injury, collected prize money of $2.6 million.
Nadal also pocketed an extra $1 million for having topped the standings in the U.S. Open run-up series of events, matching the $3.6 million haul of women's winner Serena Williams.