U.S. men's final - Nadal vs. Djokovic

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have built the best rivalry in tennis on a mountain of big-time matches, the likes of which they'll play Monday in the U.S. Open final.




It will be the 37th meeting of their careers - the most times in the Open era that any two men have played.

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Nadal of Spain hits a return to Djokovic of Serbia in their men's final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their men's final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York, September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Kena Betancur (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

An airliner takes off from nearby LaGuardia Airport as spectators watch as Nadal of Spain faces Djokovic of Serbia in the men's final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York

An airliner takes off from nearby LaGuardia Airport as spectators watch as Rafael Nadal of Spain faces Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York, September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Kena Betancur (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS TRANSPORT)

Djokovic of Serbia serves to Nadal of Spain during their men's final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York

Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York, September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Nadal of Spain during their men's final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York

Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York, September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, during the men's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in New York

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, during the men's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Rafael Nadal, of Spain, during the men's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in New York

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Rafael Nadal, of Spain, during the men's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand during his men's singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Day Fifteen of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal of Spain looks on prior to his men's singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Day Fifteen of the 2013 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2013 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

U.S. Marines preside over ceremonies ahead of the men's singles final match between Nadal of Spain and Djokovic of Serbia at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York

U.S. Marines preside over ceremonies ahead of the men's singles final match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York, September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS MILITARY)

Nadal of Spain and Djokovic of Serbia greet each other before their men's final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York

Rafael Nadal of Spain (L) and Novak Djokovic of Serbia greet each other before their men's final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York, September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)