Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tearful Nadal Savours Victory; TENNIS

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tearful Nadal Savours Victory; TENNIS

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AN emotional Rafael Nadal savoured a special grand slam title after defeating Novak Djokovic to win the US Open. Last year Nadal watched Andy Murray beat Djokovic on TV at home in Majorca as he faced up to yet another lengthy absence with knee problems.

When he returned to action in February, the Spaniard was unsure whether he could ever play at the same level again.

But seven months later, Nadal can reflect on the most dominant period of his career after two grand slam trophies and eight ATP Tour titles.

Djokovic remains world No 1 for now - but it is just a matter of time before Nadal overtakes him. And there is no doubt the Spaniard, 27, is the best player in the world.

He proved that in a US Open final that reached heights to match any of their epic encounters in the second and third sets before Djokovic faded to go down 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 after three hours and 21 minutes. …

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