Rafael Nadal takes his first US Open title winning over a gallant but visibly exhausted Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
Djokovic had been asked to dispose of Roger Federer in a gruelling five-set match and he did that! -- and then he had to dispatch the world's no. 1 who is playing at the top of his game. It proved to be an impossible task even for the incredibly talented Serb.
As Djokovic makes his last shot ending the game, Rafa slides on the hard court, stretches his body, covers his eyes with his hands then rolls over sobbing, an outpouring of emotions over the most significant victory of his career.
With the victory, Nadal makes history for himself, completing his first career Grand Slam and becoming the seventh male tennis player in history to accomplish the feat. The six others before him were Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer.
With the victory, Nadal makes undisputable his claim to being one of the greatest tennis players in history. That's for now. Next will be his quest to overtake Roger Federer as the greatest tennis player in history. Viva Rafa!