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Rafael Nadal Sets Tone for Men’s Tennis With Win Over Novak Djokovic in U.S. Open final

Are we in the golden age of tennis or what?! Novak Djokovic was well on his way to winning the U.S. Open this year after cruising through the early rounds and then ran into a Spanish brick wall in the final.

So what if Roger Federer got bounced early? Rafael Nadal quietly marched to the final and then took down the World No. 1 player in an epic final match that will go down as one of the best in U.S. Open history. But now the news revolves around Djokovic’s disappointing loss, but it should be Nadal’s silent resurgence.

It may have been somewhat unexpected, but Nadal made another big step toward catching Federer on the all-time greats list. This, Nadal’s second U.S. Open win, is his 13th career Grand Slam title, which puts him four behind Federer at age 27, five years younger than his legendary rival. So while Djokovic is still on the upswing, Nadal is far from the twilight of his career. In other words, get ready for a serious run at Federer’s perch atop the all-time list by the Spaniard phenom.

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