At Wimbledon Federer had hit the heights in his crushing semi-final victory over Andy Murray before running into Djokovic.
“Roger showed why he’s a champion coming from 5-2 in the fourth set“. “I’m playing good tennis“.
Federer may have lost the U.S. Open but the Swiss has not lost his smile, grace or hope that somewhere down the road there are more major wins. I said it “seemed” disrespectful to advance so much to the second serve of an opponent.
Then, as he had done all night, Djokovic fought off three break points while serving for the match again and beat his old foe. It forced tournament organizers to push the start back to more than three hours.
“I need to produce my best level against him and that’s what was needed from me to win this trophy”. “I wasn’t able in the last five years to make that final step, but I’m glad I won one of the most prestigious trophies in our sport”.
“So something I will work on, and keep moving forward, you know”.
A day after US Open women’s champion Flavia Pennetta dropped in a casual last mention that she was retiring, Federer teased the crowd of 26,420 about his future for a split second before making his plans clear. For Nadal, especially, there are serious questions about whether the pounding his style of play puts on his body has taken an irreversible toll. I think that kind of approach brought me to where I am today. “Which he is. He’s perfected his game on the hard courts, no doubt about it”, Federer said. I’m back in the final for the first time since 2009. “My game is moving in the right direction thanks to a great team”.
“Clearly, he can win many of them”, Federer said.
Djokovic, meanwhile, saved 19-of-23 break points held by Federer and rose up to cash in on six of his 13 opportunities in the final.
Federer admits that the Serb will collect many more. He had 15 chances to break serve to that point, but only converted on three and Djokovic finally won it when a Federer shot went long. He also pointed out that he had several chances in the match, but he failed to capitalize.
Djokovic’s emotions were running high as he tried to deal with the crowd’s reactions – and he ripped off a button on his shirt after a particularly passionate celebration.
Djokovic jumped out to a one-set lead against the uncharacteristically sloppy Federer, who struggled to find his rhythm on his serve. The Swiss eventually prevailed for one set reach to wild cheering form the majority of the Ashe court crowd.