2008 was a great year in tennis. Andy Murray won his first Masters 1000 title, Roger Federer didn’t win a Masters 1000 title and lost that epic final to Rafa at Wimbledon. Sadly Justin Henin retired, Djokovic won his first Australian Open title and Ana Ivanovic won the French Open.
What also happened that year was Roger Federer’s fifth consecutive but final US Open title which over 10 years later would have been a surprise.
Having won for the first time in 2004 against Lleyton Hewitt the Swiss found a lot of joy in New York going onto win for five consecutive years something that hadn’t been done in the Open Era at Flushing Meadows and since the 1920’s at the US Open.
The run of Federer over this period in New York was absolutely fantastic:
34 wins (not 35 as a one walkover)
102 sets won
13 sets lost
During this time he did have some battles on his hand.
In 2004 he had a good run against Fabrice Santoro on his way to the quarter finals but did get pushed to five sets by Andre Agassi
It was a similar story in 2005 as the world number one faced Santaro before going onto beat Agassi quite comfortably in the final.
2006 was straight forward for Roger who dropped just two sets on route to a hat trick of titles in New York.
A first meeting arrived in 2007 with a young Novak Djokovic, it was Novak’s first final in New York and the youngster he was then fought well but fell 6-7 6-7 4-6 in the final.
A fourth consecutive title looked like being in danger as Roger was taken to five by Andreev in the fourth round but went onto win and claim the title once again.
The fifth and final in the run was won against Andy Murray in three sets before that though he had to see off Novak Djokovic in four sets!
34 wins in a row was extended to 40 as Roger played in the 2009 final but that was of course won by Juan Martin Del Potro from two sets to one and championship point down!
No one would have said that after winning five in a row that Roger would not win again in New York. If you would have said to me after the 2008 or 2009 final he wouldn’t win in New York again I’d be pretty stunned but that’s the reality.
Since the final in 2009 we have seen Del Potro, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray, Cilic and Wawrinka win titles. Roger did make a final in 2015 but lost in four sets to Djokovic.
It is unusual not to have won it in this time since 2008 but also the Open Era record of five consecutive titles is something I don’t think I can ever see being beaten.
Something we are still waiting for in New York though is a meeting between Roger and Rafa! The two have met pretty much everywhere but in New York!