The number one broke new ground with three grand slam trophies this year – at Australia, Wimbledon and New York – after reaching the finals of all four majors, according to German Press Agency, DPA.
Fresh off the second U.S. Open singles title in his brilliant career, tennis star Novak Djokovic reflected on how this one is different from his first U.S. Open trophy.
Djokovic won his second US Open title after 2011, but he has lost four other times in the championship match at Arthur Ashe Stadium – in 2007 to Federer, 2010 and 2013 to Nadal and 2012 to Britain’s Andy Murray.
After winning a point in the U.S. Open final, and bent on proving a point, Novak Djokovic leaped and roared and threw an uppercut, then glared at some of the thousands of spectators pulling for Roger Federer.
While his performance at the U.S. Open displayed that his game remains brilliant, it also showed the greater challenges that Federer faces in defeating players like Djokovic in five sets.
The victory gave Djokovic his third Grand Slam title in 2015, adding to his Australian Open and Wimbledon titles this year.
“Being back in a final is where you want to be”, said Federer, who last played in the title match at Flushing Meadows in 2009. At 34 years old, Federer is one of the most accomplished male tennis players that the sport has ever seen. I think he’s doing really well. Like you said, I had my chances on my racquet. “Seems like there are not many guys that can hang with him, don’t have the tools or dare to go forward, or they don’t dare to serve and volley against him because he’s so good on the return”.
However, with Rafael Nadal in rapid decline and Roger Federer a far cry from his heydays, the court is open for the taking.
Federer got off to an uncharacteristic nervous start, saving three break points in a long opening game and dropping only his third service game of the tournament to trail 1-2.
“Yeah, surely I am very disappointed”.
“They kept me going, and that’s definitely one of the reasons I still keep playing, because of these moments, goose bump moments”.
Novak Djokovic could not find his keys. Federer quickly took advantage and won two straight games, but the top-seeded Serb managed to regroup and win the first set.
“We got to double digits now, and I’m flattered and honored to be a part of an elite group of players”, Djokovic said. “It was a tough night, but still, I don’t know, thrilling at the same time”.