Novak Djokovic produced yet another gritty display and vanquished long-time rival Swiss Roger Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to win the US Open to cap one of greatest grand slam seasons of all-time. The victory gave Djokovic three of the year’s four grand slam titles with a loss to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final his only blemish.
It was the 10th career major for Djokovic but only his second U.S. Open. The 28-year-old Serb had known more frustration than success on the Flushing Meadows hard courts having previously reached the final five times and lifting the trophy just once in 2011.
“It’s been an incredible season. Next to 2011 probably the best season of my life,” said Djokovic, who won the same three grand slam titles in 2011. “But I’m enjoying this year more than any previous one because I’m a husband and I’m a father and that makes it even more sweeter. “I love this sport.”
It was more grand slam misery for the 34-year-old Swiss who, for the second consecutive grand slam, made to the final only to be denied an 18th title by Djokovic. Federer need not be disheartened by the loss, he had played sublim tennis to be only denied in the final frontier by Djokovic.