The high-flying Spaniard also now owns 60 career titles on the grueling ATP World Tour.
Speaking of the aforementioned Federer, I think it's safe to say his Grand Slam-winning days may be over. After finishing as a stunning second-round loser at Wimbledon, the Swiss icon and five-time U.S. Open champ bowed out in the fourth round in Flushing, as he failed to reach a U.S. Open quarterfinal for the first time since 2003. Wow.
The once-mighty Fed has captured only one major title at the last 14 Grand Slam events (Wimbledon last year).
Nadal, who was a shocking first-round loser at Wimbledon in June, and Djokovic have combined to win 12 of the last 15 major titles and the two stalwarts have met in three of the last four finals in Gotham, with Nadal winning two. Djokovic has played in the last four U.S. Open finals, going 1-3, and he's now 1-4 lifetime in the championship round in New York. He lost to Murray in last year's quality five-set finale.
The "Big Four" -- Djokovic, Nadal, Murray and Federer -- have combined to win 34 of the last 35 Grand Slam titles, while Serena and Azarenka have combined to capture six of the last eight majors on the ladies' side.
And what happened to Murray in Queens? The British star headed to the Open as the reigning champ. He's also the reigning Wimbledon titlist and Olympic gold medalist. But no one old Stan Wawrinka, who stunningly upended the third seed in straight sets in the quarterfinals last week.
Rafa and Serena each pocketed $3.6 million as the latest U.S. Open champs, a figure that included $1 million bonus money for finishing atop the standings for the U.S. Open Series.
In the grand (slam) scheme of things, is Serena better than Steffi, Martina, or Chrissie? Probably. And is Rafa better than Roger or Pete? I'm not touchin' that one ...