Rafa Nadal wins US Open
Say what you will about seedings. Say what you will about world rankings. Say what you will about whatever you will, but do not question Rafa Nadal's place in the tennis world tonight.
Monday evening, Nadal put on yet another a clinic at the US Open and dispatched No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic in four sets (6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1). It is Nadal's second US Open title.
After stumbling figuratively in the second set, Nadal literally stumbled and fell during a hard fought third. But it was then onlookers said Nadal sprung to life. From there, he never looked back. Described by one writer as a heavyweight fight, the battle of the two rivals marked the 37th Nadal vs Djokovic match.
Bear in mind, this historic title comes less than a year since Nadal came back from a months-long knee injury. In the time since his return, Nadal has proven himself time and again.
So far this year, he's won nine titles, including the French Open. He's the first male player to win at least one Grand Slam trophy over the course of nine seasons in a row. What's more, despite being known as the King of Clay, tonight's victory marks Nadal's 22nd consecutive victory on a hard court.
Now, Nadal has 13 Grand Slam titles, third only two fellow legends Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.
Congratulations, Rafa, on yet another amazing performance.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging