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Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer to win US Open

Update : 14 Sep 2015, 05:01 AM

Roger Federer was on a roll: a new service return, renewed confidence and 28 straight sets won coming into the United States Open final.

Once again, Novak Djokovic was the antidote.

After stopping Federer’s momentum in four sets in this year’s Wimbledon final, Djokovic did the same on Sunday, prevailing against an inspired opponent and a hostile crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium to underscore his status as the world’s No. 1 player.

Djokovic’s 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory gave him a second US Open singles title and a 10th Grand Slam singles title, moving him into a tie with Bill Tilden for seventh place on the career list.

Federer remains on top of that pecking order with 17, but Djokovic has prevented him from adding to his record total.

Federer is playing remarkable tennis at age 34, but Djokovic, at 28, is in his prime and remains one of the great tennis conundrums for any opponent with his tactical versatility and peerless defensive skills.

“A massive challenge,” Federer conceded after his latest defeat.

Federer has fared much better against Djokovic than nearly anyone else has, and their rivalry is the best the men’s game has to offer at the moment, with Rafael Nadal in a slump that could turn out to be a decline.

Federer and Djokovic have played 42 times, and Djokovic’s victory on Sunday tied the series, 21-21. They have now played each other 14 times in Grand Slam tournaments, more than any other men in the Open era.

It remains a contrast in styles, even more so now that Federer has recommitted to the attack under his co-coach Stefan Edberg, the former Wimbledon and US Open champion who was a net-rushing marvel at his peak.

But Federer has yet to win a major title with Edberg in his camp and is now 6-8 against Djokovic in Grand Slam matches.

“In Grand Slams, the conditions are not as fast,” Federer said. “Take tonight. These were the coolest conditions I’ve had for a month. I’m not saying I lost because of that, but it’s a fact. Also, to play aggressively against him for a longer period of time is even more complicated. That was not really the case today. I had the keys in my hand and did some good things, but I just didn’t win the important points to turn the match or get ahead. He was always in front, more or less, and at one moment or another, that pays off. He’s more relaxed than when playing from behind.”

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