Novak Djokovic kissed the court after defeating Rafael Nadal to win the men's U.S. Open title on Monday.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia blasted his way past a struggling, battling Rafael Nadal of Spain to capture the U.S. Open title, 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1, allowing him to hold aloft the trophy he watched Nadal lift a year ago on the same court.

Dominating the net against one of the game’s top shot makers, Djokovic won nearly two dozen points up close in the first three sets while largely pinning Nadal to the baseline.

The Spaniard’s refusal to yield, repeatedly answering his foe shot-for-shot, roused the Ashe Stadium court to create a pandemonium of sound, especially in the second and third sets.

Fighting to the end, Nadal tried to turn a tide that Djokovic began surfing in the very first set, when he overwhelmed the defending U.S. Open champion. On Monday, in Queens, USA, the Serb won just as convincingly as he had at Wimbledon earlier this year, when he triumphed in four sets.

Nadal’s break of Djokovic in the 12th game of the third set, forcing a tiebreaker, electrified his supporters when Djokovic blundered with a backhand, giving Nadal the mini-break he needed to sweep into the fourth set.

In the Women’s final, No. 9 seed Samantha Stosur pulled off one of the biggest Grand Slam final upsets inSamantha Stosur of Australia with the U.S. Open women's championship trophy. recent memory, thoroughly outplaying the 13-time Grand Slam champion and heavy favorite Serena Williams and beating her, 6-2, 6-3, in the 2011 U.S. Open Women’s Singles final.

Stosur, 27, became the first Australian woman to win the Women’s Singles title at the U.S. Open since Margaret Court in 1973. Stosur had previously won the Women’s Doubles event at the U.S. Open in 2005 with partner Lisa Raymond.

Stosur used her kick serve and blistering forehand to dominate the match throughout, at one point winning 13 consecutive points to close out the first set and open the second. Stosur’s 20 winners were one more than Williams’s 19, and her 12 unforced errors one fewer than Williams’s 25.

In a match between two players widely considered the two best servers in the women’s game, it was Stosur who was able to use hers to dictate play, being broken only once and breaking Williams five times.

On her third championship point, Stosur smacked a second serve return for a winner, then threw her racquet into the air, pulling her visor over her eyes and crouching to the ground in disbelief. She then ran over to her coach, family and friends to celebrate, getting a boost from a security guard to climb into their box.

Momentum seemed to have swung toward Williams early in the second set, after she argued a hindrance call correctly made by chair umpire Eva Asderaki, a call that awarded Stosur the point on break point of the second set’s first game.

“You’re out of control,” Williams ranted during the next changeover.

“You’re not only out of control, you’re a hater, and you’re just unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? And I never complain! Wow.”

Williams did not shake Asderaki’s hand after the match.

Despite her anger during the match, Williams was gracious in defeat, sitting next to Stosur and chatting amicably as the two waited for the trophy presentation.

Williams downplayed the importance of the disputed call after the match.

“It wouldn’t have mattered in the end, Sam played really well.” Williams said during the trophy presentation.

“I thought it was like the hat rule,” Williams said in her post-match interview with Mary Joe Fernandez, referring to the circumstance in which a player’s hat falls off and a let is called.

“I guess I need to read the rule books,” she shrugged.

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