|As the last major of the calendar year, the US Open annually brings down the curtain on the Grand Slam season with some of the most unforgettable matches in tennis history. In 2011, it featured another bruising battle between the best player of 2010 (Rafael Nadal) and the best player of 2011 (Novak Djokovic) competing in the first repeat men's singles final since Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander in 1987-88 and the first featuring the top two seeds since Pete Sampras defeated Michael Chang in 1996.
A year earlier Nadal knocked off Djokovic in four sets to win his first US Open Championship and complete the career Grand Slam. But Djokovic had turned the tables in 2011, defeating Nadal all five times they played-all in finals. A victory for Nadal, the reigning French Open champion, would give him a split of the year's four Grand Slam events and tie him with Bjorn Borg and Rad Laver for fourth all-time with 11 Grand Slam tournament titles. A victory for Djokovic would give him his first US Open title, make him the just the sixth man in the Open Era to win three Grand Slam tournaments in a single season and run his record on the year to an incomparable 64-2.