What's at stake for Rafael Nadal in today's U.S. Open final?
The most important would be the obvious — a career Grand Slam.
The 24-year-old Spaniard is playing in his first U.S. Open final, after reaching the semifinals the past two years.
He is 8-2 in Grand Slam finals, with his only two losses to Roger Federer at Wimbledon.
If he were to win, he would be the seventh man to win the career Grand Slam and fourth in the Open era.
The previous holders of the career slam are Fred Perry, Don Budge, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Andre Agassi and Federer.
Agassi is the only men's slam winner who also has an Olympic Gold Medal in singles.
Nadal would be the 10th man to win three major tournaments in a season, joining Federer, Mats Wilander and Jimmy Connors as the only men to achieve that feat in the last 45 years.
It would also put him line to win all four majors consecutively. He would still need to win next year's Australian Open to be the third man to hold all four titles at the same time, joining Budge and Laver.
Nadal's eight major titles are already tied for seventh on the career list. His ninth would break a tie with Perry, Ken Rosewall, Connors, Ivan Lendl and Agassi.
He trails only Federer (16), Pete Sampras (14), Emerson (12), Laver (11), Bjorn Borg (11) and Bill Tilden (10).
In the Open Era, he would be in fourth place alone with a win.
Heading into today's final against Novak Djokovic, Nadal had not lost a set in his previous six matches.
If he wins in straight sets, it would be the ninth time in the Open Era any man had achieved that feat in a single tournament. He would be the first to do it in the U.S. Open.
The other four straight-set winners are Ken Rosewall (1971 Australian), Ilie Nastase (1973 French), Borg (1976 Wimbledon, 1978 and 1980 French) and Federer (2007 Australian).
Nadal already owns two straight-set sweeps in the 2008 and 2010 French Open.