Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win the 2013 US Open title.
Just eight months after there was speculation as to whether he would ever play again because of his troublesome knees, he is even poised to reclaim the world No 1 ranking before the end of the season.
Rafa has now won four on hard courts, he played 22 matches on hard courts this year and won them all.
This was a record 37 meeting between Rafa and Nole as senior professionals and for periods of the match the quality of tennis they provided was arguably better than ever, although Djokovic was unable to sustain that level in the closing stages.
During this final, the two men were both wonderful athletes and they treated the crowd to a succession of stunning rallies, repeatedly retrieving shots which had looked certain to be winners.
Nadal has been at the peak of his powers throughout the north American hard-court campaign and again played with consistent brilliance. Nobody gets out of difficult situations more effectively than the world No 2, who can turn defence into attack with the flick of his wrist.