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When Novak Djokovic thrashed an inside out forehand to win his first U.S Open title, he solidified himself as the true World Number 1. Djokovic ended the Grand Slam season the same way he started it: in a zone.
Djokovic produced blistering returns all night and hit 55 winners en route to his third Grand Slam title of the year, defeating Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1. The match lasted four and half hours and was permeated with grinding, enthralling rallies as Djokovic becomes just the sixth man in the open era to win three major titles in a single season.
Nadal broke Djokovic early in the first two sets, but Djokovic absconded with both of them, hitting penetrating, flat strokes that pushed the Spaniard deep behind the baseline. However, Nadal kept fighting, and managed to break Djokovic to force a third set tiebreak, which Nadal won.
But Djokovic was too strong, breaking Nadal in the opening game of the fourth set, breezing to the title from there.
With the victory, Djokovic improved his 2011 record to an immaculate 64-2. He has compiled 10 titles, defeating Nadal in six finals. The World Number 1 adds a U.S. Open title to his resume, in perhaps what will go down as the greatest season in tennis history.