Serena Williams; Rafael Nadal tops at U.S. Open

By RAY ROBINSON | 9/10/2013, 9:17 a.m.
On Sunday, Williams showed no mercy. The defending champion took charge early in the match and kept the pressure on ...
Serena Williams reacts after defeating Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, during the women's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Azarenka gave a good fight, forcing Williams into playing a third set, but that was all that she had and still, it just wasn't enough to dethrone the defending champ. "I think that I lost momentum in the third set and that is where the difference maker was. I didn't lose focus or anything like that, but she just really made it happen," Azarenka admitted. "The game overall, there were some things that I could have done better, but I gave my heart. I gave it my all. I can still hold my head up because I lost to a great champion. I believe that she is the greatest of all time."

The win gives Williams her 5th U.S. Open win.

Williams turns 32 later this month and she has no plans of giving up the game anytime soon. "I feel great right now. I haven't felt like this in years," she said. " I am excited about the possibilities. Who knows what can happen. I will continue to play hard and just do the best that I can do."

Rafael Nadal won the men's U.S Open on Monday night, taking down Novak Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-6 6-4. Nadal has now won 13 Grand Slam titles and creeps within one of Pete Sampras and is only four short of catching Roger Federer who tops the all-time Grand Slams wins list with 17.

This year's U.S. Open was held in Flushing Meadows, New York at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.