14 Sep 2010

Nadal nets career Grand Slam

10:28 pm on 14 September 2010

Spain's Rafael Nadal has joined the ranks of the all-time greats of tennis, winning the US Open to complete his set of Grand Slam titles.

Nadal is just the seventh man to achieve this after beating Novak Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2 in New York on Monday.

The world No 1 overcame the distraction of a two-hour rain delay and losing his first set of the tournament at Flushing Meadows to seal victory against the Serbian after three hours and 43 minutes.

The 24-year-old has already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon singles titles.

By adding the US Open he joins Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer as the only men to win the four majors, Reuters reports.

Nadal became the first man since Laver in 1969 to win the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the same year.

He now has the chance to hold all four concurrently if he can add the Australian Open in January.