The Flushing Meadows witnessed why he is the current World No 1. Novak Djokovic defeated former top-seed Roger Federer in a riveting final on Sunday to lift the U.S. Open title for the second time in his career. Djokovic won the clash of titans 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 victory at Flushing Meadows after rain delayed the start of the finals.
The two also clashed in the Wimbledon finals a couple of months back, which yielded the same results. Federer though restored some pride by beating the 28-year-old Serb in the finals of the Cincinnati Open at the end of last month.
The 34-year-old Swiss, in a bid to become the oldest champion at Flushing Meadows in 40 years, came back sharply in the second set to tie the match after conceding the first.
Djokovic regained control by notching up a closely contested and pivotal third set. Federer committed a number of unforced errors in the fourth set, allowing the Serb to crush his dreams of a 18th major title victory. Federer, considered to be one of the best players on the hard court, earned 23 break opportunities, but could only make the most of it four times.
“It’s been an incredible season, next to the 2011 season, the best of my life,” Djokovic said. “I’m enjoying it more as a husband and a father, and this makes it more sweeter.
“It’s a quite incredible evening for me.”
The top-seeded Serb tied Bill Tilden of USA, a star of the 1920’s, after clinching his 10 grand slam title. He now stands one step behind Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver.
Most of the sell-out crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium expected a Federer’s win. The Swiss hasn’t been able to add to his tally of 17 major titles for past three years.
“Had a wonderful last two weeks,” Federer said in his on-court interview. “Very pleased where my game’s at. Being back in the finals is where you want to be. I enjoyed it. Congratulations, Novak, on another great win.”
Djokovic hailed Federer by saying, “Just an incredible record and everything he has achieved, Coming out, knowing you’re playing the greatest player in the history of the game adds a little more pressure.”