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Rafael Nadal wins 13th Slam title

Updated: September 9, 2013, 11:37 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Hard to believe this is the same Rafael Nadal who was home during the US Open a year ago, nursing a bad left knee.

Hard to believe this is the guy sent packing in the first round of Wimbledon in June, losing against someone ranked 135th.

Looking fit as can be and maybe even better than ever, the No. 2-ranked Nadal pulled away from No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday in a taut, tense US Open final for his 13th Grand Slam title.

"This is probably ...

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