Novak Djokovic is a double- digit Grand Slam winner.
But Djokovic proved his resiliency and mental toughness and came through in the end beating Federer to win his second career US Open title and his 10th Grand Slam. Had it not been for a heartbreaking loss to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final in June, the rock-solid Serb would have been celebrating a rare calendar Grand Slam. Djokovic also won three Slams in 2011. It’s a quite incredible evening for me.
Thrilled to win a point in the U.S. Open final, and bent on proving a point, Novak Djokovic leaped and roared and threw an uppercut, then glared at some of the thousands of spectators pulling for Roger Federer. “Next to 2011, probably the best season of my life”, said Djokovic.
US Open champion Novak Djokovic is honoured to be considered among the greats of the game and has warned his rivals he has many years left in him yet. Djokovic smiled at the crowd, which was so clearly backing Federer. In the fourth, Djokovic earned an early break, and another at 4-2 to take complete control. Djokovic made it clear from the very start that he had fine-tuned a strategy to counter Federer, who made the final due to 28 sets won in a row.
With the blue court dried and the storm system gone from the area, the players finally came out at 7.10pm at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the shell of a retractable roof is in place.
Djokovic jumped out to a one-set lead against the uncharacteristically sloppy Federer, who struggled to find his rhythm on his serve. But everything the second-ranked Federer sees in his game and his results offers encouragement that he’ll eventually add to his record. He won the next two and had three break points, but Djokovic deflected each and held. “I’m pleased with where my game is at”.
Indeed, Federer played a wonderful game but could definitely not match up to the fast reflexes of the Serbian opponent where he could only convert 23 breaking points in the match. Federer responded in magnificent style to take the second set.
Federer insisted he would be back to try again in 2016. This was only the third time that Federer had been broken throughout the championship. Federer looked across the net to check on him, and Djokovic quickly motioned that he was OK. He upped the ante this summer, tailoring his schedule to the U.S. Open and enacting an even more aggressive, attack-at-all-costs game style, but it still wasn’t enough to beat Djokovic in full flight.