Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 to win his first U.S. Open title and third Grand Slam event of the year.
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The world No. 1 prevailed in a 4-hour, 10-minute display of astonishing shotmaking and crowd-pleasing rallies. The two played one game that lasted more than 17 minutes, and the third set alone took 84 minutes.
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Nadal, the defending U.S. Open champion, has lost six consecutive matches to Djokovic, all in 2011 and all in finals.
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The Serb is the sixth player in the Open era to win three Grand Slam tournaments in the same year.
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Djokovic throws his shirt into the crowd after his hard-fought victory.
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After the match, Nadal said of his 0-6 record against Djokovic this year: ''Six straight losses, for sure that's painful. But I'm going to work every day until that changes.''
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Nadal also lost a four-set final to Djokovic at Wimbledon this year.
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Djokovic broke the Spaniard's serve 11 times, the most in 163 Grand Slam tournaments for a Nadal opponent, according to the ATP Tour.
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Djokovic sought medical treatment for a strained muscle in his back in the fourth set, but that didn't stop him from winning that final set 6-1.
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Nadal finished with 32 winners and 37 unforced errors. Djokovic had 55 winners and 51 unforced errors.
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Djokovic is 64-2 this year with 10 titles.
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In a tribute to Sept. 11, Djokovic walked out on the court wearing an "FDNY" hat and put it back on during the trophy presentation.
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