NEW YORK, Sept 9 Rafa Nadal took the upper hand in the U.S. Open men's final by winning the opening set 6-2 against world number one Novak Djokovic on Monday.
The French Open champion broke the top-seeded Serbian in the third game when he blasted a forehand winner to take a 2-1 lead.
World number two Nadal broke Djokovic again in the seventh game for a 5-2 edge when he won his eighth consecutive point after winning a challenge on a Djokovic ball ruled in by the linesman.
Nadal, dashing around the court with speed and ease, played a much cleaner set in windy condition at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
He made just four unforced errors to 14 by Australian Open winner Djokovic. (Reporting by Larry Fine; Editing by Frank Pingue)