Novak Djokovic has defeated Roger Federer in the finals of the U.S. Open men’s championship. The match played at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York started four hours later than originally planned in front of largely pro Federer crowd, reports The New York Times.
Djokovic, currently World No.1, got the lead early on in the match when he took the first set vs. No. 2 Roger Federer 6–4. This resulted in the ending of Federer’s winning streak of 28 straight sets since losing to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final in July. Federer, however, made a comeback in the second set and took the second set 7-5. Djokovic took the third set 6-4 to take the lead 2-1. In the fourth set, he further pulled away taking the score to 5-2, but Federer rallied and took the score to 5-4. The final set ended 6-4 in favor of Djokovic.
As the two champions battled it out, several tennis writers believe Federer and Djokovic delivered two of the best sets the current U.S. Open has seen.
By the fourth set, however, it became clear that Federer was unable to keep pace with Djokovic. The final score read: 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4. This is the tenth grand Slam title win for Djokovic. Before the match started, Federer had the slight edge when it came to overall wins against Djokovic. The two champions have met 41 times and Federer lead the match up 21-20. With this win, Djokovic has delivered an equaliser as the tally now reads 21-21.
People took out to social media networks to congratulate Djokovic.
— Ahsan Mahmood (@ahsan441) September 14, 2015
— Kellie (@KleverNut) September 14, 2015
— sangeeth sivan (@sangeethsivan) September 14, 2015
2015 has been an exceptional year for Djokovic who has won three major titles this year – including the Wimbledon two months ago. He also ended runner up at Roland Garros. With the latest win, Djokovic has moved up the table and is tied with Bill Tilden at seventh place on the career list.
However, Federer too has been in great form – with him winning 93 percent of his service games so far this year – which also happens to be a career best.
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. They had to wait for the rain to subside and the court to dry out completely before they could witness the match.
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