Nadal leads U.S. Open final two sets to one

Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:34pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal won the third set of Monday's U.S. Open final 6-4 to take a two sets to one lead.

Third set

The crowd, fueled by refreshments during the long delay, grew more raucous as the third set got underway with fans imploring their player before every serve.

Nadal responded in the third game, hitting a sizzling backhand crosscourt winner and taking advantage of three loose Djokovic groundstrokes to break for a 2-1 lead.

The Spaniard turned up the pressure and threatened again in the fifth game but Djokovic saved three break points to hold. The Serb saved five more in the seventh game before holding for 3-4.

Nadal finished with a flourish by bracketing an ace with two service winners to close out the third set and move within a set of claiming the crown.

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Second set

Novak Djokovic won the second set of Monday's U.S. Open final 7-5 against Rafa Nadal to level their match at one set all.   Continued...

<p>Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a point during his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's final at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 13, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>