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Serena Williams loses badly, Novak Djokovic throws Rafael Nadal a curve ball

After a wet U.S. Open that left a bad taste in the mouths of some players, it was what came out of the mouth of a runner-up that has left many scratching their heads. As (28) Serena Williams was in the middle of losing the women's final to (9) Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 6-3, in embarrassing fashion, she embarrassed herself more with a tirade against the chair umpire. Williams was fined a paltry $2,000 fine, but her reputation suffered a lot more. Interestingly, despite Stosur being the higher seed, this is being called one of the greatest upsets in women's tennis history.

On the men's side, Novak Djokovic (above) has asserted himself as the most dominant player in men's tennis. In crushing Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1, in the final, Djokovic has planted himself squarely between Nadal and the chase for Federer's record of 16 Grand Slam titles. He was 25-1 in Grand Slam matches this year (losing only to Federer) and lost only two matches all year. At 24 with four titles, he's no threat to make a run like Federer had. But with Nadal at age 25 and needing six more Grand Slam titles to catch Federer, Djokovic's explosion onto the scene throws a wrench into Nadal's plans.