Djokovic claims US Open title

Novak Djokovic has claimed his second US Open title, beating Roger Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday.

The final was delayed by more than three hours after rain at Flushing Meadows, but the inclement weather certainly didn't dampen the standard of play.

The pair played out a pulsating final at Wimbledon earlier in the year, and Sunday's clash was no different. Unfortunately for Federer, the result was also the same.

Federer converted just four of 23 break point opportunities, and it's this statistic that is likely to haunt the Swiss. Djokovic's ability to hold firm on the big points, and the long ones where he won 10 of 12 points that lasted 10 strokes or more, proved the key for the 28-year-old.

The 34-year-old Federer was looking to become the oldest US Open champion in 45 years, and headed into the match having not yet dropped a set in the tournament and having surrendered his serve just twice.

However, as was the case at Wimbledon, Djokovic was immediately able to put pressure on the Federer serve when others had not, and the second seed was forced to see off multiple break points in an opening game that lasted nearly seven minutes.

Djokovic would get the break in the fifth game to go 3-2 up, but Federer would break back immediately after the top seed took a tumble in the next game.

The world number one was left grazed, but he didn't let it hinder him for too long, and a second break in the seventh game handed him the advantage once more.

Federer's errors were proving costly, and the Swiss missed the chance to level matters with an over-hit forehand as Djokovic took the first set 6-4.

Federer found his range with his serve in the second set, winning 91 percent of points off his first serve, but still struggled to take advantage of the chances he created on the Djokovic serve.

The top seed survived an eight-minute opening service game in the second set, and an even greater effort would be required to keep Federer at bay when 4-5 down, with Djokovic eventually holding serve after some scintillating tennis in a 20-point game.

Federer would eventually convert his third set point to level matters at a set apiece.

It was the Swiss who started the third set well, but he began to lose his length his with his groundstrokes, and out of nowhere gifted Djokovic a break in the third game. Federer would break back, this time courtesy of the a forehand error from Djokovic, and the five-time US Open champion looked to have wrestled back the momentum.

Serving at 3-4 down, Djokovic appeared to be standing firm at 40-0, but lost his way and Federer had a chance to break once more. However, while Federer held two break points to take a 2-1 set advantage, Djokovic was able to see off heavy pressure to hold serve.

And it is at this juncture that the match turned in a decisive fashion.

With Federer making all the moves, Djokovic broke to grab the advantage and suddenly the Serb looked a different man, one playing with more freedom.

Again Federer had chances to break back, but couldn't convert and it would cost him the set. In all, Djokovic converted two break points from two in the set, while Federer could only convert one from five, and that is where it was won and lost.

An early break by Djokovic in the fourth meant that the writing was on the wall, and with the Serb breaking again to go 5-2 up it was all but over. 

Federer would not go quietly though, and broke back to give his legions of fans at Flushing Meadows some hope, and the Swiss had two chances to bring the set back on serve, but Djokovic would not be denied his second US Open title as he served out the match.

The win is Djokovic's 10th grand slam title, while Federer has secured just one in nearly six years – Djokovic has claimed nine in the same period. The world number one now stands in a tie for seventh for most grand slam titles won, only Federer (17), Rafael Nadal (14), Pete Sampras (14) , Roy Emerson (12) , Bjorn Borg (11) and Rod Laver (11) have won more.

While much was made of Serena Williams' bid for the calendar Grand Slam, it is in fact Djokovic who came closest to achieving the feat, with the Serb making the final of our four grand slams and only losing out at the French, while Williams failed to make it past the final four at Flushing Meadows.

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