U.S. Open comes to a close
by Shane Miller
Sep 13, 2011 | 2028 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic continued his domination of the professional tennis world Monday night, unseating reigning U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal in four sets.

With the win, Djokovic increased his record on the year to an amazing 64-2.

“It really seems unreal,” Djokovic said after the match. “I'm going for it, I'm more aggressive, and I have just a different approach to the semifinals and finals of major events.”

Djokovic rarely had cause for worry in Monday match. Despite losing the third set, he dominated the match from start to finish.

“I felt great,” said Djokovich. “Maybe it is the best match I played in the U.S. Open so far this year. I stepped on the court believing I can win.”

Meanwhile, on the women's side, No. 9 seed Samantha Stosur won her first Grand Slam title, shocking the Open crowd with a quick two-set defeat of 13-time Grand Slam champ Serena Williams, 6-2, 6-3.

Stosur knew she would have to play her best to defeat Williams, who on her way to the finals made quick work of both No. 4 seed Victoria Azarenka and No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki.

“I've played matches where I feel like I played lights out, can't miss a ball, and it's fantastic,” said Stosur. “But to do it under these circumstances in this kind of final against a player like Serena, for sure I'm going to think it's one of the best days of my career.”

Things got tense early on in the second set, when chair umpire Eva Asderaki awarded a point to Stosur because Williams yelled just before her opponent went to hit the ball. Williams immediately started arguing with Asderaki, and didn't let up the rest of the match.

Afterward, Williams refused to shake the umpire's hand.

Williams outburst could have led to her being barred from participating in next year's Open, but an investigation into the matter led to Williams being issued a $2,000 fine.

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