Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Deliver Epic 54-Stroke Rally at the 2013 US Open Men’s Final (Video)
The men’s final at the 2013 US Open was a repeat of the 2010 final and the 2011 final. However, while that sort of repetitiveness gets boring in some sports—imagine what 49ers-Ravens in the Super Bowl would be like for people who aren’t from San Francisco or Baltimore—in tennis it’s the kind of thing people live for. This is because, in tennis, the rivalries are more personal, and the personalities of the competitors are right there on the court, embodied in every stroke. When two individuals play each other again and again, the players learn and adapt, and the rivalry grows right before our eyes.
Such is the case with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. These guys are currently the two best tennis players in the world. Both are known for their supreme physical conditioning and tenacity on the court, both are intelligent, and both are classy competitors. Nadal won their first US Open Finals meeting in 2010, but Djokovic struck back and won their second meeting in 2011.
Their third meeting? Well, ultimately that went to Nadal, who pretty much looked unbeatable from day one. But the Djoker didn’t just give up the title without a fight.
Want to see what a Nadal-Djokovic Grand Slam final is all about? Just watch this insane 54-stroke rally. It lasts a whopping one minute and fifteen seconds, and it tells you everything you need to know about why these guys are the kings of the sport right now: