Sunday night under the lights in New York with history set to be made. Even before the match history was made as it was announced the chair umpire for the match was Eva Asderaki-Moore who became the first women to chair umpire a men’s US Open final which is great to see! At the same time both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were chasing history. Novak was looking for his 10th Grand Slam title and Roger was looking for number 18 after winning his 17th over three years ago!
The irony of there being a 3 hour plus rain delay on the last match before the roof will be completed ahead of next year’s tournament…
However once the tennis did get started it was vital for Federer to get the first set having only beating Novak once after losing their first set in their previous 41 meetings where as Djokovic has comeback seven times in the past and the last time was the 2014 Wimbledon final.
Djokovic took a 2-1 lead after breaking the serve of the Swiss in the third game of the match however Novak was quickly broken back for 2-2. Novak managed to carve out another break of serve taking a 5-3 lead and seeing set up point on the Roger serve but couldn’t convert however he had no issue serving out the set to take it 6-4.
Federer did have a chance to break the serve of Novak immediately at the start of the set but produced another error and Novak held. The swiss number one continued to try and find a break through with a lot of play at the net but couldn’t find a way to break Novak with the world number one coming up with some stunning passing shots a lovely top spin lob to stay level in the set. The set continued on serve level at 5-5 with just two holds of serve away from a tie-break but would anything give? All of a sudden at 6-5 to Roger unforced errors from Novak set up two more set points and on the fourth one a backhand cross court forced the error from Novak to take the set 7-5!
After a tight second set the third one followed in the same pattern as Roger held to love to take a 4-3 lead in the set. A poor volley at the net at 4-3 40-30 from Roger allowed Novak to get the ball back into play and force the error from Federer and moments later a backhand wide from Federer on break sealed a 5-4 lead for Djokovic who would serve for the set. Federer had a chance to break back at 40-30 but a backhand wide sealed his fate for the set as Novak went on to take a two sets to one lead against Federer and just one set from winning his 10th Grand Slam title.
A response in the set was critical from Federer and the 2008 Champion found himself in big trouble right at the beginning of the set two break points down and the world number one broke the Federer serve to begin the set. Federer had no response and Novak went 3-1 up in the fourth set but just couldn’t stop Novak passing him at the net. Novak continued to show incredible defence and got a lot of joy off the lob shot against Federer and took a 4-2 lead in the set before seeing a break point to take a 5-2 lead. An outstanding service return winner from Novak sealed the break and at 5-2 he would serve for the match. Federer wasn’t done there and did break back and at 4-5 saw a break point whilst Novak was serving for the match. Match point came and was quickly sealed by Novak following an return long from Federer and is just 3 hours and 10 minutes sealed the match 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 winning 6/13 of his break points where as Roger only managed to win 4/23 of his break points.
Roger’s wait in New York goes on having won his last title in 2008 where as Novak has won third Grand Slam of the year with a record of 27-1 winning his 10th Grand Slam in New York!