Online sports betting fans didn’t have the chance to place their wagers on Rafael Nadal during last year’s US Open. The 27 year-old player was home nursing a bad left knee.
Back in June, Nadal was sent packing in the first round of Wimbledon, losing against someone ranked 135th.
Yesterday Nadal was able to pull away from No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a taut, tense US Open final for his 13th Grand Slam title.
The match began during the day but when it ended it was night time, a 3-hour, 21-minute match that inspired standing ovations in the middle of games.
According to YouWager experts this was their 37th match against each other, the most between any two men in the Open era, and Nadal has won 22.
In addition, this match was also their third head-to-head US Open final in the last four years. Nadal beat Djokovic for the 2010 US Open title, and Djokovic won their rematch in 2011.
Both tennis players know each other’s games so well, and play such similar hustle-to-every-ball styles, but in the end, it was the Spaniard who took the title home.
The Balearic Islands native improved to 22-0 on hard courts and 60-3 overall in 2013 with 10 titles, including at the French Open, which made him the first man with at least one Grand Slam trophy in nine consecutive seasons.
Nadal’s total of 13 major championships ranks third in the history of men’s tennis, behind only Roger Federer’s 17 and Pete Sampras’ 14.
The 2010 Wimbledon champion has won a record eight titles at the French Open, two each at the US Open and the one at Wimbledon, and another one at the Australian Open.