Three thoughts on Nadal's U.S. Open semis domination over Gasquet

Sunday September 8th, 2013
Rafael Nadal will meet Novak Djokovic for an Open-era record 37th time on Monday evening.
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3) It's enough to make you forget about a time when Nadal was truly desperate, when Djokovic gobbled up every title in sight and kept a weekend residence inside Nadal's head. When Nadal and Djokovic meet on Monday evening, it'll be for an Open-era record 37th time. It will also be to settle a matter between them that's been up for debate since 2009: Quien es mas macho? Nadal's win over Djokovic in the '10 Open final halted a run of three straight Djokovic beatdowns. Djokovic's victory over Nadal in the '11 final was the sixth of seven straight over the Spaniard. Since then, Nadal has held the upper hand, winning five of the last seven — the biggest coming earlier this year in a five-set French Open semifinal. I know what you're thinking: That was on clay. But Nadal hasn't lost on a hard court yet this summer. With the way he's been playing, he might not lose on the stuff again until next summer. By then, he may be rooming inside Nole's noggin.

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