Rafael Nadal has described his 2013 season as the most emotional of his career after beating Novak Djokovic to claim his second US Open title in New York on Monday.
The Spaniard beat the world number one 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his second Grand Slam of the year having won the French Open back in June.
The 27-year-old secured his 13th Grand Slam title seven months after returning from a knee injury which put him out of action for eight months.
"This season is probably the most emotional one I've had," said Nadal.
"It means a lot for me have this trophy with me today. It's just amazing.
I felt that I did everything right to have my chance here.
"You play one match against one of the best players in history like this, Novak, number one in the world, probably on his favourite surface, so I have to be almost perfect to win."
Nadal's Grand Slam record now stands at 13 titles, just one behind Pete Sampras, and four off Roger Federer's all-time record of 17 major titles, and he is now likely to reclaim the number one spot form Djokovic.
The third set proved to be pivotal in the match with the Serb almost forcing a double break but eventually relinquishing the set 6-4.
And Djokovic admitted that his failure to capitalise on this advantage was key in him losing the final at Flushing Meadows.
"It was disappointing that I dropped the third set, even though I felt like, especially in first four or five games, I was the one who was dictating the play," he said.
"But it's all my fault, you know. I made some unforced errors in the crucial moments with forehands and dropped the serve twice when I should not have. Next thing you know, all of a sudden it's two sets to one for him.
"Then he started playing much, much better after that and I obviously could not recover after that loss."
"He was too good, he definitely deserved to win this match and the trophy."
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