Novak Djokovic proved once again too strong for Roger Federer. Despite the crowd’s support, Federer lost in three hours 4-6 7-5 4-6 4-6. Djokovic claimed his second US Open title, his tenth Grand Slam overall.
You know, winning Grand Slam is very special for any tennis player when you are dreaming of becoming a professional tennis player. When you are kind of finding that inspiration, motivation, these are the tournaments you dream of winning. So to actually relive these moments again after 2011 it’s quite incredible. To win against one of the biggest rivals, as you said, all-time Grand Slam champion, somebody that, you know, always keeps on fighting till the last point, keeps making you play an extra shot, yeah, all these things now are very special to me.
Yeah, surely I am very disappointed. Like you said, I had my chances on my racquet. I should never been down in the score the way I was. But Novak did a great job of fending them off, and, you know, all of that.
It was a tough night, but still, I don’t know, thrilling at the same time.
Novak Djokovic’s road to the final
|R1||Joao Souza||6-1 6-1 6-1|
|R2||Andreas Haider-Maurer||6-4 6-1 6-2|
|R3||Andreas Seppi ||6-3 7-5 7-5|
|R4||Roberto Bautista Agut ||6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3|
|QF||Feliciano Lopez ||6-1 3-6 6-3 7-6|
|SF||Marin Cilic ||6-0 6-1 6-2|
Roger Federer’s road to the final
|R1||Leonardo Mayer||6-1 6-2 6-2|
|R2||Steve Darcis||6-1 6-2 6-1|
|R3||Philipp Kohlschreiber ||6-3 6-4 6-4|
|R4||John Isner ||7-6 7-6 7-5|
|QF||Richard Gasquet ||6-3 6-3 6-1|
|SF||Stan Wawrinka ||6-4 6-3 6-1|
Who will win the 2015 US Open?
- Roger Federer (47%, 74 Votes)
- Novak Djokovic (28%, 44 Votes)
- Rafael Nadal (10%, 15 Votes)
- Andy Murray (8%, 12 Votes)
- Stan Wawrinka (3%, 4 Votes)
- Other (2%, 3 Votes)
- Kei Nishikori (1%, 2 Votes)
- Tomas Berdych (1%, 2 Votes)
- David Ferrer (0%, 0 Votes)
- Marin Cilic (0%, 0 Votes)
- Milos Raonic (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 156
Photo credit: mrenzaero, Adam Radman
Enjoy a few pictures of Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt at practice prior to the tournament. 2001 US Open champion Hewitt, played his last match here against Bernard Tomic in the second round. As for Federer, he will try to conquer a 18th Grand Slam title today. Do you think he’ll defeat Novak Djokovic?
From Andre Agassi’s autobiography, Open:
Driving to the stadium with Gil, I’m quiet. I know I have no chance. I’m ancient, I’ve played three five-setters in a row. Let’s be real. My only hope is if it goes three or four sets. If it’s a fast match, where conditioning doesn’t come into play, I might get lucky.
Federer comes into the court looking like Cary Grant. I almost wonder if he’s going to play in an ascot and a smoking jacket. He’s permanently smooth, I’m constantly rattled, even when serving at 40-15. He’s also dangerous from so many different parts of the court, there’s nowhere to hide. Federer wins the first set. I go into frantic mode, do anything I can to knock him off balance. I get up a break in the second. I break again and win the set. I think to myself: Mr Grant might just have a problem today.
In the third set, I break him and go up 4-2. I’m serving with a breeze at my back, and Federer is shanking balls. I’m about to go up 5-2, and for a fleeting moment, he and I both think something remarkable is about to happen here. We lock eyes. We share a moment. Then, at 30-love, I hit a kick serve ti his backhand, he takes a swing, shanks it. The ball sounds sick as it leaves his racket, like one of my deliberate misfires as a kid. But this sick, ugly misfire somehow wobbles over the net and lands in. Winner. He breaks me, and we’re back on serve.
In the tiebreak, he goes to a place that I don’t recognize. He finds a gear that other players simply don’t have. he wins 7-1.
Now the shit is rolling downhill and doesn’t stop. My quads are screaming. My back is closing the store for the night. My decisions become poor. I’m reminded how slight the margin can be on a tennis court, how narrow the space between greatness and mediocrity, fame and anonymity, happiness and despair. We were playing a tight match. We were dead even. Now, due to a tiebreak that made my jaw drop with admiration, the rout is on.
Walking to the net, I’m certain that I’ve lost to the better man, the Everest of the next generation. I pity the young players who will have to contend with him. I feel for the man who is fated to play Agassi to his Sampras. Though I don’t mention Pete by name, I have him uppermost in my mind when I tell reporters: it’s real simple. Most people have weaknesses. Federer has none.
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