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Rafael Nadal completes career Grand Slam by winning US Open title

US Open Nadal Wins

World number one Rafael Nadal won his first U.S. Open crown to complete a career Grand Slam, beating Serbian third seed Novak Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 Monday night in a thoroughly engrossing final at Flushing Meadows. The match was scheduled to happen on Sunday but was postponed because of thunderstorm.

The 24-year-old from Majorca, Spain becomes the seventh man to achieve a career Grand Slam–winning all four majors .The feat had also been accomplished by Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer. Nadal had previously won the French Open five times, Wimbledon twice, and the Australian Open once. Djokovic’s lone Grand Slam title was at Melbourne Park in 2008.

With nine Grand Slam crowns, Rafa will now be regarded by some as the greatest player of all time. However, in a recent interview, he said: “I am not on the way to being the best in history – that’s a long way off. I don’t think I can reach Roger’s level.”