HEAD racquet rebel Novak Djokovic will remain World No. 1 after a battle with Rafael Nadal in the US Open final. The Serb who endorses the YouTek™ Graphene Speed, had his chances against one of his biggest rivals before going down 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 1-6 as he played in his fourth straight final in New York.
Djokovic, who won the Australian Open at the beginning of the year, competed in finals at three of the four grand slams this season. While disappointed about his performance, the HEAD player said: "It's a US Open final and at the end of the day I have to be satisfied with the final, even though I would have loved to win this match. But it was obvious that in the important moments Rafa played better tennis, and that's why he deserved to win."
Fellow HEAD player Richard Gasquet who recommends the YouTek™ IG Extreme reached his second career semi-final, also facing Nadal. The Frenchman owns ATP titles in Montpellier and Doha this season.
But HEAD didn't stand out only on the big stage in New York. The doubles championship went to Radek Stepanek and Leander Paes, who both endorse the YouTek™ Graphene Speed. They won the prestige title, their second in two seasons after Australian Open success in January 2012. The winners beat Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-1, 6-3 after knocking out the top-seeded Bryan brothers in the semi-finals.
In girls singles, American Tornado Alicia Black began fulfilling her potential by reaching the final and facing Croatia’s Ana Konjuh, who earned the win 3-6, 6-4, 7-6. 15 yearsold Black played on despite second-set treatment for a leg injury.
In wheelchair quad singles, HEAD's David Wagner of the US reached the final against South African Lucas Sithole. Wagner had won the previous two titlesat the US Open in 2010-11. On Saturday, Wagner and partner Nick Taylor celebrated their fifth US Open Wheelchair Competition quad doubles win.