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Rafael Nadal wins US Open to seal career Grand Slam

Rafael Nadal
Nadal has won three of the four Grand Slam titles this year

By Piers Newbery

Rafael Nadal joined the ranks of the all-time greats of tennis as he beat Novak Djokovic to win the US Open and complete his set of Grand Slam titles.

The Spaniard, 24, won a rain-interrupted final 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2 at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Nadal's first US Open victory takes him to nine Grand Slam titles.

And he becomes only the seventh man in history to complete the set of majors - Wimbledon, the French, Australian and US Opens.

Nadal joins Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Roy Emerson, Rod Laver, Don Budge and Fred Perry in having swept the board, and also becomes the first man since Laver in 1969 to win the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the same year.