Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal

U.S. Open champions

Sports rarely adhere to a predictable narrative. Favorites falter, underdogs upset, and by the end of the day you're left with fewer certainties than when it began. That was not the case at the 2013 U.S. Open.

This time, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal--the two best tennis players in the world--did what they were supposed to do: they won.

The pair triumphed in such a convincing fashion that it's hard to believe that only two months ago some people wondered whether their best days were behind them. In late June, both fell in the early rounds of Wimbledon, but for each...

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