NEW YORK (AP) _ It was Aussie Rules tennis at the U.S. Open on Sunday and Patrick Rafter had by far the bigger, meaner game.

Rafter retained his title with an awesome display of speed and accuracy, winning an all-Australian battle with Mark Philippoussis in which both players dived to the concrete courts and sent volleys rocketing across the net.

But Rafter had near perfection to go with his power.

The third-seeded Rafter had just five unforced errors in his 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 win over the unseeded Philippoussis, whose usually overpowering serve became a liability. He had just five aces and 13 double faults.

Rafter won the final 10 games of the match.

Rafter, who had to rally from a two-set deficit in the first round but never was threatened again in the tournament, won $700,000 and moved up to No. 2 in the world rankings _ just behind Pete Sampras, whom he defeated Saturday in the semifinals.

The match was tied at one set apiece and 2-2 in the third set when Rafter took command. After holding serve, Rafter moved to break point on an incredible point when he raced around the court to return an overhead, a forehand into the corner and a drop shot. He broke Philippoussis' serve on the next point.

Rafter then won the next eight games to close out the match on Philippoussis' 13th double fault.

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