Serbia’s World No. 1 Novak Djokovic won his second US Open championship by defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a scintillating final Sunday night.
Federer hasn’t won a major since 2012; and Nadal, who didn’t make it past the quarterfinals in any grand slam event this season, saw his ranking fall to 10th earlier this summer his lowest in more than a decade.
Djokovic was a worthy victor against Federer, who came into the final having not dropped a set since Wimbledon in July, but the 34-year-old could not overcome his opponent’s relentless hitting and masterful defence. When the contest finally started, both Federer and Djokovic took time to find their rhythm and footing due to the slippery conditions. Key to Djokovic’s victory was his saving of 19 out of 23 break points on his own serve, while he managed to break Federer six times. A game later, the top seed grabbed a two-set-to-one lead after saving two more break points and profiting from a Federer error on set point.
However, with Rafael Nadal in rapid decline and Roger Federer a far cry from his heydays, the court is open for the taking. “Hopefully I can have more chances to fight for a trophy”. That’s the best preparation for a big final, and the confidence Novak carried into this match held him in good stead against the five-time US Open champion. Murray has 59 wins and 10 losses with four titles on the year. “I’m able to be consistent, very consistent”.
“Yeah, surely I am very disappointed”.
Djokovic said: “We are good friends”. Once more, this is nothing against Serena Williams, who also had great pressure on her at the U.S. Open because of her Slam run, but her major year, while one of the best in women’s tennis history, can’t even touch that of Djokovic. “I’m pleased with where my game is, but playing a great champion like Novak is always hard”.
Djokavic triumphed over some of the best singles players in the world to win the tournament, including ninth-ranked Marin Čilić and 18th-ranked Feliciano López in the semifinals and quarterfinals, respectively. The Serb served past his way, 6-4 in the opening set lasting 41 minutes. At 34 years old, Federer is one of the most accomplished male tennis players that the sport has ever seen. With 17 Singles Grand Slams he still tops the chart.