Novak Djokovic's season isn't over, but the Serbian may have put together the best year ever in men's tennis. With a four-set win— 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1— over Rafael Nadal that proved much more enjoyable than the scoreline, Djokovic won the US Open, secured his third Grand Slam title of 2011 and improved his record to 64-2. His only losses: a semifinal loss at the French Open to Roger Federer and a loss in a final to Andy Murray in the Cincinnati Masters Series event. We owns a 6-0 record against Nadal, the previous World No. 1 this season and has beaten him in two Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon was the other) and four Masters Series finals—including two on clay. The match, played Monday after rain wreaked havoc on the Open's schedule, saw plenty of service breaks and took more than four hours. After falling two sets to none down, Nadal needed everything he had to take the third set in a tiebreak. But he was gassed in the fourth, and Djokovic continued his mastery over the Spaniard.
After getting to their nemesis Felix Hernandez in a 9-3 win, the Yankees now lead the Red Sox in the American League East by four games. Tampa Bay beat Baltimore and now trails the Red Sox by only three games in the Wild Card. Maybe baseball will have some races yet?
The Mets, apparently distracted by the contorversy surrounding their desire to wear FDNY hats, lost to the Nationals, 3-2. That controversy, which includes accusations that hats were confiscated. may not be over yet.