Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has had one hell of a run this year, composing a 2011 record of 64-2, with 10 tournament titles. Monday evening in New York, he defeated Rafael Nadal to win his first ever U.S. Open title. The win marks Djokovic's 4th career grand slam title, and 3rd this year.

Nadal didn't make it easy for the world's #1 ranked player, as the final score of 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 can be a bit deceiving. Djokovic's back and legs were cramping up, yet he found a way to pull through and consistently win the biggest points of the match.

“In big matches, the winner is decided by small margins, a couple points. I guess the winner is the one who believes in victory more,” explained Djokovic afterwards. “I guess it just clicked in my head. Through the last couple of years, I didn’t change my game in any major way. … But I’m hitting shots that maybe I wasn’t hitting. I’m going for it. I’m more aggressive.”

Here is a complete recap of the U.S. Open men's final from AP tennis writer Howard Fendrich, courtesy of Yahoo! sports.