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Djokovic denies Federer in entertaining US Open Finale

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There was very little to choose between them in the end. In fact, World No.1 Novak Djokovic won just 2 points more than 17 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the entire match, 147 to 145, but what the Serbian did do was he played the big points that little bit better, and as a result he walked away from New York for just the second time in his career, the US Open Champion.

The dream US Open final between crowd favourite Roger Federer and the world's best player at the moment Novak Djokovic finally got underway on Sunday afternoon after a 3 hour long rain delay. If there were any nerves at the start of the match, they were on the side of the 34 year old veteran, who had gone three years without a major title.


Federer struggled in each of his early service games, saving three break points in the first and then dropping his serve twice in succession as a red hot Djokovic stormed out of the blocks. Federer was to get a break back as Djokovic tightened towards the end of the set, and even saved a set point on his own serve, before Djokovic finally closed out the opening set 6-4.

The second set was also a battle of nerves as Federer turned things around dramatically, finding the range on his serve, and winning 91% of his first serve points as Djokovic struggled to get any traction in the Swiss maestro's service games.

In contrast, Federer was all over Djokovic's serve, but a break eluded him till the very end when he capitalized on his 9th break point of the set to take a 62 minute battle royale 7-5 and level the match at a set apiece.

Federer carried his positive momentum into the third set but Djokovic hung in, barely, to keep the set at a level pegging. As things got tight down the stretch it was Federer who blinked as some uncharacteristic forehand errors handed Djokovic the set.

With the momentum finally on his side, Djokovic broke early again to start the fourth set and he added an insurance break in the 7th game to make it 5-2. Federer broke Djokovic as he tried to serve for the match, unleashing a barrage of winners to keep himself alive in the contest, but the Serb was not to be denied at the second attempt as he wrapped up the evening's fare after significant resistance, saving break points galore, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

The win is Djokovic's 10th Grand Slam title and his third of what has been an incredible year for the 28 year old Serb, who also reached the final of the French Open, the only title that still eludes him. He joins 'Wild' Bill Tilden at 5th place in the all-time men's winners list, one shy of legends Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg. On present form it is safe to say he could well surpass the duo next year.

A delighted Djokovic shared after his win, "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. The biggest tournaments that I have played this year, as anybody else, and I won three out of four. It's more than I could ask for, definitely ... It's an ultimate challenge that I can have now winning against Roger back to back finals in Wimbledon and here, US Open. It's tremendous. I'm really, really proud of it."

For Federer meanwhile it was another case of nearly there. Time is surely running out for the 34 year old as he continues his pursuit of Grand Slam title no.18. He showed though at Wimbledon and the US Open that he is still one of the best in the world, and arguably good enough to beat all but 1 man in tennis' present universe. You can bet your bottom dollar though that he will be in more Grand Slam finals next year, and who knows maybe just maybe play that little bit better on the day.