World number two Rafael Nadal won the US Open 2013 Men’s Singles title on Monday with a four set victory over top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
The Spaniard remains world number two but narrowed down the deficit against top-ranked Djokovic. With the win, Nadal now has accumulated 10,860 points while Djokovic has 10,980.
“I [had] those people around me,” said Nadal “And all the fans, too, that really supported me a lot during this period of time was very important to me.”
“Just was a celebration,” he added.
This is Nadal’s 13th career Grand Slam singles title and is now third in all time Grand Slam title holders. [Roger Federer – 17, Pete Sampras – 14].
The second-ranked Spaniard goes home with a whopping $3.6 million for winning both the US Open and the US Open Series. The paycheck for the US Open Men’s Singles champion is $2.6 and as winner of the US Open Series, he gets an additional $1 million bonus.
As for Djokovic, this is yet again another disappointing finish in New York. He’s now 1-4 in US Open finals. His lone title win came in 2011.
“It was disappointing that I dropped the third set, even though I felt like especially in first four, five games I was the one who was dictating the play,” said Djokovic “But it’s all my fault. I made some unforced errors in the crucial moments with forehands and dropped the serve twice when I should not have. Next thing you know, all of a sudden it’s two-sets-to-one for him.”