Rafael Nadal confirmed his status as one of the greatest tennis players of all time by securing his first US Open title - to become the youngest man of modern times to win all four Grand Slam titles.
The 24-year-old Spaniard beat Novak Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2 at Flushing Meadows to win his ninth Grand Slam crown and become only the seventh man ever to win all four major titles.
Nadal had already won the Australian Open, as well as five French Open titles and two Wimbledon crowns and can now add the US trophy to his cabinet, after he overcame the distraction of a near two-hour rain delay to seal victory in three hours and 43 minutes.
"It’s more than I dreamt, just to arrive to the final was amazing," said Nadal, who then paid tribute to his defeated opponent.
"First thing, I would like to congratulate Novak and all his team for a great tournament, you're a great player and you're going to win this trophy very soon, I'm sure of that.
"I want to congratulate you for a great attitude after losing a grand slam final, that's a great example for the kids."