Day 15: U.S. Open Men's Championship
Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 in the U.S. Open men's final on Monday. Djokovic improved his 2011 record to an impressive 64-2 and captured his third Grand Slam title of the year.
Novak Djokovic kisses the U.S. Open championship trophy while wearing a hat honoring the New York Fire Department, one day after the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.
Going for the winner
No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia blasts one of his 55 winners against Rafael Nadal in the men's singles championship on Monday.
Leaning into it
Rafael Nadal returns a shot to Novak Djokovic during the men's championship match at the U.S. Open in New York, Monday, Sept. 12. Hitting 32 winners to 37 unforced errors wasn't a winning percentage for No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain in Day 15 U.S. Open action.
Novak Djokovic hits a return to Rafael Nadal during the men's final. The men's final is being played on a Monday for the fourth straight year due to weather delays. Although Spain's Rafael Nadal held a 16-12 head-to-head edge over Serbia's Novak Djokovic heading into the final, Djokovic had won each of their previous five meetings in 2011.
Facing a challenge
Rafael Nadal reacts as he plays Novak Djokovic. Djokovic won the five previous matches against Nadal in 2011.
The duel between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had the crowd going in New York on Monday. Although Spain's Rafael Nadal held a 16-12 head-to-head edge over Serbia's Novak Djokovic heading into the final, Djokovic had won each of their previous five meetings in 2011.
Making the call
One day after Serena Williams lashed out at the chair umpire in the women's singles match, Rafael Nadal had some complaints to voice to men's final chair umpire Carlos Ramos as well.
Always expressive on the court, No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia wasn't shy about showing his pleasure or displeasure with his play on Sept. 12, 2011. Winning in the 2011 U.S. Open final gave No. 1 Novak Djokovic his 10th title of the season.
Making a point of it
Novak Djokovic of Serbia stretches for a return against Rafael Nadal of Spain. Djokovic was seeking his third Grand Slam title of 2011.
Eye on the ball
Rafael Nadal returns a shot during the men's final. Nadal, the No. 2 seed and defending champ, had lost just one set the entire tournament before the final.
Shrugging it off
Novak Djokovic reacts to a call during the men's final. Serbia's Novak Djokovic earned his spot in the men's championship match with a gutsy five-set win over five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer in the semifinals.
Rafael Nadal reacts during the championship match against Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia receives treament from a trainer during a medical timeout as he plays Rafael Nadal.
Breaking six times in the first two sets, No. 1 Novak Djokovic took an early two-sets-to-none advantage over No. 2 Rafael Nadal.