But after his victory over Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer, Djokovic said: “I can’t sit here and criticise the crowd”. Because I’m a husband and a father now, this makes this one even sweeter. Afterward, amid a rousing standing ovation, he calmly turned to his box and touched his heart.
In the end, Djokovic handled everything in a thrill-a-minute final at Arthur Ashe Stadium. “The moment I sat down at 5-2 down in the fourth or after, the match was over”.
Having beaten Djokovic in Cincinnati, the second seeded Swiss had his chances again against the 28-year-old Serb but could only convert four of 23 break chances.
After winning another point in that game, Djokovic nodded as he smiled toward the stands.
“He’s never going to drop his level”. The two champions have met 41 times and Federer lead the match up 21-20. “He’s the very reason why I’ve been successful so far in my career in winning 10 Grand Slams”.
He added: “It’s important to go back to basics and remember why you are there and what you need to do”.
Arguably, based on the quality and quantity of their encounters, this is the best rivalry in all of tennis. I don’t think I have done that before. “It was a huge relief when I saw that forehand return go out”. A trainer came out two games later to clean up the scuff marks on his arm and hand. He knows he was going against arguably the best tennis player in history, and his opponent is capable of launching a huge comeback.
He had also strung together 28 consecutive sets in a run stretching back to the Wimbledon final in July, which he also lost to Djokovic. On Pete Sampras (6) and Roger Federer (5) have finished more times No. 1 since the ranking began in 1973.
Federer converted only 3 break points in the third set out of 15 break points.
And then Federer finally gave in serving at 4-all.
Djokovic, meanwhile, saved 19-of-23 break points held by Federer and rose up to cash in on six of his 13 opportunities in the final.
Despite losing twice to Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal in the final, Djokovic has displayed that his skills and physical condition have kept him ahead of his peers.
According to Yahoo News, The U.S. Open final was witnessed by several celebrities including Bradley Cooper, Anna Wintour, David Beckham, Robert Redford, and dozens of other celebrities.
“Last thing”, he said. Federer reached two Grand Slam finals for the first time since 2009.
“You still can not count him out”, Edberg said.
“It’s always tough playing against one another”.
Djokovic had been just 1-4 in US Open title matches.
Just as they prepared to walk out to the court, rain started falling. Clearly he can win many of them.
But rather than become discouraged, Federer got better.
Federer, however, admitted that conceding too many unforced errors cost him the US Open.
“Was it louder than ever?”
Butler starred as the king of war-torn Sparta in the 2007 fantasy film 300, which the world number one said had inspired him to victory.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.