New York: Rafael Nadal was sent reeling to another bruising defeat by Novak Djokovic on Monday, but the World No. 2 insisted his US Open disappointment had only strengthened his resolve to reassert himself against the Serb. (Match in pics)
"I go back home knowing that I am on the way", said Nadal, who beat Djokovic in the 2010 final at Flushing Meadows to complete a career Grand Slam but has had no answer for him in Djokovic's transcendant 2011 season.
Djokovic's 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-1 victory was his sixth of the year over Nadal. All six came in finals, including the title matches at Wimbledon and the US Open.