“It’s something I will work on, and keep moving forward. It was a tough night, but still, I don’t know, thrilling at the same time”.
“I’m enjoying this year more than any previous one because I’m a husband and I’m a father and that makes it even more sweeter”. Federer 34 is bidding to become the oldest champion in New York since 35-year-old Australian Ken Rosewall in 1970.
The 28-year-old Serb had known more frustration than success on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts having previously reached the final five times and lifting the trophy just once in 2011.
The 17-time Grand Slam victor tied the game a set apiece in a 62-minute second set, converting one of nine break point openings and never faced any on his own serves.
The world number two said that he had won the tournaments he was supposed to, adding that he hopes to finish the season on a high note again. “So I have nothing else to say about that” said the Serb on Friday. I’m pleased with where my game is at.
Coming back to Novak, he has been exceptional through the year and has played good tournament tennis. I am happy with where my level is at. It was very nice of him to be here and show me support.
It was his seventh triumph in the American Midwest, achieved by beating Andy Murray and Djokovic in the semi-finals and final respectively.
And that direction is full speed ahead for the Swiss maestro who continues to defy age and predictions of his demise by remaining near the top of the world rankings, piling up wins and titles.
“I think being in the situation before helped me to understand particular obstacles that are on the way and how I need to overcome them”, Djokovic said.
One more: Djokovic won 10 of the first 12 points that lasted at least 10 strokes, a pattern that repeated itself throughout the evening. Year’s not over yet. The younger Djokovic was too much for the veteran Federer.
The Swiss immediately broke straight back after Djokovic slipped while moving sideways, landing on his right hand an elbow and eventually calling for the trainer two games later.
“I’m feeling confident doing it, you know”. This was the first season since 2004 that he did not win a major title.
“He’s just really consistent”.
Djokovic acknowledged the antipathy he received from the New York crowd was a distraction and over the course of three hours and 20 minutes “you do have some ups and downs in concentration”. “He was always a great clay-court player, and because he moves as well as he does, he’s solid and consistent now on the grass”.