Federer was bidding to become the oldest champion in New York since 35-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1970.
When the Swiss Maestro held on to bring the set to 5-4, it appeared as if Federer was on the verge of pulling off one of the greatest comebacks in U.S. Open history.
Novak Djokovic poses with the U.S. Open tennis championship trophy, … “Lost too many times in finals”. “Hopefully this approach will give me longevity and I can have many more years to come and many more opportunities to fight for these trophies”.
Djokovic held Federer to five deuce points in his first service games but failed to convert the break points.
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. “There is no question about that”.
“I don’t consider that normal”. It’s an exciting shot for him.
That was when Flushing Meadows got to see one of the most remarkable scenes that the game has ever witnessed. Djokovic however says that he expected such a reception from the crowd because Federer deserves all this and he hopes in the future he also receives such reception.
While the Swiss is constantly asked how much longer he plans to play and the media on high alert for any hints of his imminent retirement, Federer made it clear he will return to New York next year still chasing grand slam glory. This was the first set that Federer had dropped in the US Open this year.
Novak Djokovic soaks up the adoration of the wowed tennis fans after he beat Roger Federer. “I have tremendous respect for Roger”.
“I think being in the situation before helped me to understand particular obstacles that are on the way and how I need to overcome them”, Djokovic said.
“We pushed each other to the limit”, Djokovic told reporters after the frenetic final, “as we always do”.
The 17 Grand Slam champion will undoubtedly be looking to add an elusive 18th title to his resume in 2016, but perhaps his biggest goal will be winning the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Sunday’s meeting will be the pair’s sixth of 2015 all in finals. Just as he had at the All England Club two months ago, Novak Djokovic halted the Roger Federer bandwagon in its tracks here last night to thwart the 34-year-old world No2’s latest attempt to roll back the years. “He’s the best player ever”. I’m there to play tennis. I think also he improved his speed.