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Can Rafael Nadal repeat his 2010 feat by beating Novak Djokovic this year, too? Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
Can Rafael Nadal repeat his 2010 feat by beating Novak Djokovic this year, too? Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

US Open men's singles finals: a look back

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Ahead of the men’s US Open championship match late on Monday, Graham Caygill reviews the past five men’s finals at Flushing Meadows, which has seen five champions in five years.

September 10, 2012 Andy Murray’s first grand slam title came his way as he won a thriller against Novak Djokovic. Murray had gone two sets up, but Djokovic fought back to level things, before the Briton broke twice in the final set to win 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2.

September 12, 2011 Djokovic had lost his previous two final appearances at Flushing Meadows, but it was third time lucky for the Serbian against Rafael Nadal as he triumphed 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

September 13, 2010 The US Open was the one major missing from Nadal’s collection and he completed his career Grand Slam, overcoming a second-set wobble to get the better of Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

September 14, 2009 Juan Martin del Potro’s lone major title to date came here, and the Argentine achieved it in memorable circumstances, coming from a set down twice to upset the world No 1 Roger Federer 3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.

September 8, 2008 Federer won a, open era record five successive US Open titles, with 2008 being the last one. He dominated a one-sided encounter with a nervous Murray, in his first major final, to win 6-2, 7-5, 6-2.