Rafael Nadal celebrates U.S. Open win

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, holds up the championship trophy after winning the men's singles final over Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, at the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in New York

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A year ago during the U.S. Open final, Rafael Nadal wasn't even in New York, out of the event because of a nagging knee injury that basically made the second half of his 2012 season obsolete.

A year later, Rafael Nadal is the best male tennis player in the world, taking out No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win his second U.S. Open and 13th career Grand Slam title. - Shane Bacon

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