US Open: Novak Djokovic holds off Roger Federer in New York classic

Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 to win his second US Open title after a compelling battle in New York.

The world number one had to contend not only with Federer but also with a highly partisan Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd, who roared on the Swiss throughout a raucous final.

He held off a stirring Federer comeback in the fourth set as the second seed came agonisingly close to levelling from two breaks down – but ultimately his failure to convert break points cost him dearly.

After splitting the first two sets, Djokovic made his move late in the third set, withstanding heavy pressure on his serve and eventually breaking Federer to move within striking distance of his 10th Grand Slam title.

Federer faded in the fourth, losing his serve twice more – having been broken just twice in the entire tournament previously.

The Swiss clawed one break back but Djokovic held his nerve to send Federer and the Flushing Meadows crowd away disappointed. The 34-year-old has lost three finals since claiming his 18th and last Grand Slam title in 2012.

The 28-year-old Serb had known more frustration than success on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts having previously reached the final five times and lifting the trophy just once in 2011.

Novak Djokovic screams with joy during the US Open final
Novak Djokovic screams with joy during the US Open final – Reuters

KEY STATS

Federer lost his serve six times, having been broken twice in six previous matches at the 2015 US Open

Djokovic converted 6 of 13 break points (46%) – Federer converted just 4 of 23 (17%)

Djokovic hit 35 winners and 37 unforced errors – Federer hit 56 winners and 54 unforced errors

Novak Djokovic - US OPEN 2015
Novak Djokovic – US OPEN 2015 – AFP

NOVAK DJOKOVIC SAID

” I have to share my admiration for Roger and everything he’s doing. It’s quite an incredible evening for me. I’m enjoying this year more than previous years because I’m a husband and father. Makes it even sweeter.”

ROGER FEDERER SAID

” Congratulations Novak, another great win. The whole American trip has been fantastic. Being back in the finals is where you want to be… I love the sport. I have a lot of passion. Last thing, I’ll see you guys next year.””

Roger Federer at full stretch
Roger Federer at full stretch – Reuters

BIG SCARE FOR DJOKOVIC

The Serb suffered multiple grazes early in the first set when he slipped chasing the ball.