Djoker backs up ranking with authority

Updated: September 13, 2011, 2:27 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Rafael Nadal won the first two games of the U.S. Open final against Novak Djokovic, but, in a swift reversal of fortune Monday that was a microcosm of their head-to-head history, Djokovic won the next six games.

In the fifth of those games, something in the usually relentless Spaniard seemed to crack. Twice, Djokovic flashed a cheeky drop shot, and twice, Nadal stopped, frozen, and declined to give chase. When Nadal's weary-looking backhand found the net, Djokovic had broken ...

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