|Posted on September 13, 2010 at 11:39 AM|
Monday, September 13, 2010 - Rain showers on Sunday forced postponement of the US Open men's final to Monday for the third year in a row, giving Novak Djokovic a much-needed rest day before he has to face top-ranked Rafael Nadal.
September 14, 2010 - (after USO final)
Rafael Nadal's completion of the career Grand Slam cemented his hold on the world No. 1 spot in tennis and U.S. Open runner-up Novak Djokovic moved to No. 2.
Nadal finished off the rain-delayed Open with a four-set victory Monday over Djokovic. It was his ninth major tournament title but first at the U.S. Open. Nadal has won the French Open five times, Wimbledon twice and the Australian Open once.
He has won the last three Grand Slam events and will go for the "Rafa Slam" in January in Australia.
Djokovic returned to the world No. 2 position with his finals appearance. He got there by beating Roger Federer, keeping Federer out of the U.S. Open finals for the first time since 2003 and knocking him to No. 3 in the rankings.
The next five spots in the Top 10 were unchanged with Andy Murray ranked fourth, Robin Soderling in fifth, Nikolay Davydenko in the sixth place followed by No. 7 Tomas Berdych and eighth-ranked Fernando Verdasco.
Mikhail Youzhny, who lost in the Open semifinals to Nadal, jumped from 14th to ninth and David Ferrer went from 12th to 10th in the rankings.
Andy Roddick slipped from ninth to 11th -- just 20 ratings points behind Ferrer -- leaving the Top 10 again without a U.S. representative.
Juan Martin del Potro, who won the 2009 U.S. Open but who has had a wrist injury limit his play to one tournament this year, dropped from 10th to 34th in the rankings.