BARRING injury, Rafael Nadal will head to Melbourne in January aiming to join the great Pete Sampras as a winner of 14 grand slam titles.
The Spanish maestro (pictured) collected his 13th crown yesterday when he defeated world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open, in four sets.
It was the 27-year-old's second championship triumph at Flushing Meadows after his success in 2010, and sees him move past Aussie Roy Emerson (12) on the list of most grand slam
wins, and to within four of leader Roger Federer.
Nadal, who now has 10 titles this year,
including the French Open, said he was emotional after his 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory. "All my team knows what this means to me," he said.
After losing the past two major finals, to Andy Murray at Wimbledon and now Nadal, Djokovic will look to hit back and win a fourth straight Australian Open title next year.
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