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August 4, 2021
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US Open: Nadal vs Djokovic, the rematch of last year’s final

Rafa Nadal, his form and confidence rising with each match, powered past Britain’s Andy Murray 6-4 6-2 3-6 6-2 at the US Open to set up a rematch of last year’s final with Novak Djokovic, according to Eurosport.

Nadal beat Djokovic in last year’s final but the Serb, who advanced with a thrilling five-set win over Roger Federer on Saturday, has beaten the Spaniard in five finals this year, including Wimbledon, to replace him as world number one. “This year I’m not having a lot of luck against him. I have played him already in five finals and I lost all of them,” 10-time Grand Slam winner Nadal told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. “So hopefully, New York will help me this time.” World No. 1 Novak Djokovic extended his remarkable season by coming back from a 0-2 sets deficit for the second time in his career, saving two match points at 3-5 in the fifth set, to defeat Switzerland’s Roger Federer, the 2004-08 champion, 6-7(7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in three hours and 51 minutes on Saturday afternoon. Djokovic will now attempt to become the sixth man in the Open Era to lift three Grand Slam championship trophies in the same year on Monday at the US Open, where he is bidding to lift his fourth major crown overall. Djokovic, who became World No. 1 in July, will look to join Rod Laver (1969), Jimmy Connors (1974), Mats Wilander (1988), Federer (2004, 2006-07) and Nadal (2010) as a three-time major titlist in the same season.

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