Federer Defeats Djokovic for US Open Crown

Posted on September 10, 2007

One took another step toward becoming the undisputed greatest player ever. The other showed he is a champion in the making, but mentally needs a little more time in the oven.

World No. 1 Roger Federer won his 12th Grand Slam title Sunday at the US Open, overcoming some lackluster play and an opponent who failed to take advantage of numerous opportunities in each set.

Federer defeated world No. 3-ranked Serb Novak Djokovic 7-6(4), 7-6(2), 6-4, with the Serb failing to convert on five set points in the first, and two set points in the second.

"I think one of the reasons, one of the biggest reasons for me being mentally weaker in that important moments and for me rushing in that important moments was that pressure, I can say, or that new experience I got, the Grand Slam finals," Djokovic said. "I had a lot of, lot of, lot of break points. Sometimes I was risking too much. Sometimes I was, you know, playing safe. And he used his opportunities, of course."

Djokovic had supporter Maria Sharapova in his player's box.

"No, let's not go too much with Maria," Djokovic said. "It's just a friendship we have. It was nice from her to come and support me. As well, Robert, he was yesterday on the match, and today. I mean, it's amazing feeling to see such a successful people, you know, in my box supporting me, playing with me I can say, living every emotional moment."

Federer showed a champion's game playing through some bad patches, but said Djokovic had something to do with that.

"I thought I played well when I had to," Federer said. "I've played better matches in the past, no doubt. But, you know, it's a big moment, a lot of pressure for both of us. It was a bit windy again today. Yeah, I mean, also the opponent plays a role in how good you can play. He made it hard to me in the beginning."

Federer becomes the first man in the Open Era to win four consecutive US Open titles, is the first player to win Wimbledon and the US Open back-to-back for four years, and his 12 Grand Slam titles are second to Pete Sampras' 14.

"I think about [the Grand Slam record] a lot now, honestly," Federer said. "In the beginning I felt put under pressure about the situation because you don't win Slams just like that, it's just too tough. But to come so close already at my age is fantastic, and I really hope to break it."