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09-13-2011, 08:11 AM
Djokovic beats Nadal to win US Open
By Eddie Pells, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP)—A year ago, Novak Djokovic was on the wrong side of the net and the celebrations after the last ball was struck in the U.S. Open final.

Somewhere in the back of his mind, though, as he watched Rafael Nadal fall to the blue court and bask in the lights of the world’s biggest tennis stadium, Djokovic had a sense that soon enough, that would be him.

On Monday it was.

After defeating Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 over 4 hours 10 minutes of relentless, draining tennis, Djokovic dropped to his knees and kissed the same concrete that Nadal ruled last year, celebrating a win that capped one of the greatest seasons in the sport’s history.