After securing a record 8th Wimbledon title win for Roger Federer, the King now eyes to conquer New York at the US Open. The Swiss has done nothing new but breaking records at the US Open as well after winning his 5th title in 2008, the day he equalled a record set by Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors of winning the most US Open titles in the Open Era. We take a look at best wins of Roger Federer at US Open!
1) YEAR – 2004
OPPONENT – LLEYTON HEWITT
ROUND – FINAL
Utter dominance. These are the words that could simplify Federer’s performance that year that brought him his maiden US Open title.
Federer was coming off from some good wins on his way to the finals and so was Hewitt. In fact, the Australian was so good that the player failed to concede a set that year until his match against the very best.
Federer crushed the in-form Hewitt in straight sets, 6-0, 7-6 6-0. The first set was a complete disaster and downfall in confidence for the Australian. Though he came from a break down in an attempt to resist Federer from getting through and forced a tie-breaker in the 2nd set.
Despite of constant endeavours, Hewitt failed to surpass the GOAT, resulting in another humiliating 6-0 loss in the final set that saw the Swiss lift his maiden title.
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2) YEAR – 2005
OPPONENT – ANDRE AGASSI
ROUND – FINAL
The match was a fantastic one as both the players were willing to battle their life for the win. Agassi was then a 20 time US Open veteran, with the 35 year old competing for the title against the World’s best.
Agassi in his short white-shorts played a thrilling match and did what he was known for – never capitulate. Federer started off well with a 6-3 win in the first set but Agassi was no normal player. He proved to be a tough fight in the battle as the two battled on to a tie-breaker in the 3rd set just when Federer lifted his game to a new level, one that Agassi was out of reach from. Federer not only battled past that tie-breaker 7-6(7-1) but also swiftly muddled through the final set with a 6-1 win, ousting the legend 6-3 2-6 7-6(7-1) 6-1.
The Swiss became the first player of the Open Era that day to win Wimbledon and US Open back to back.
Title says it all.
3) YEAR – 2006
OPPONENT – JAMES BLAKE
ROUND – QUARTER-FINALS
“You’re too good!” These were the words Blake was forced to shout as Federer displayed his very best performance of the tournament that year.
The American was entering the match with a 0-4 record against the Swiss and started off succubing in the opening 2 sets of the 4 set thriller. Federer took over an early though challenging 2-0 lead over Blake in the opening hours. Federer defended 3 set points in the first set before goiung over to win the set in a tie-breaker, 7-6(9-7).
Though, Blake did throw some rays of hope to himself after winning the 3rd set but unfortunately wasn’t enough to surpass the GOAT in the 4th and final set of the game that Roger won 7-6 (9-7), 6-0, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4.
“I take pride in the way I fought,” Blake said. “It’s a good feeling to know that I’m close to Roger. … I guess he’s human.”
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4) YEAR – 2008
OPPONENT – ANDY MURRAY
ROUND – FINAL
This day is marked as a record breaking day for Federer in the US Open history as the Swiss claimed his 5th successive US Open title at the cost of Andy Murray.
Federer played a fantastic game despite constant endeavours from the Brit’s end to outclass the King. Federer won the match in straight sets, 76-2 7-5 6-2, shattering Murray’s dream win and simultaneously fulfilling his own.
In under 2 hours, Federer lifted his 5th title that day, equalling the record of most title wins at US Open shared by Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors in the Open Era. Though the Swiss was the only one to win it successively.
Federer vs Murray US Open 2008 Final
5) YEAR – 2009
OPPONENT – NOVAK DJOKOVIC
ROUND – SEMI-FINALS
The match isn’t an extra-ordinary one to remember but what makes it special to be on the list is the “magical shot” that the Swiss played that day.
On the day when Juan Martin Del Potro had already ousted Rafael Nadal, Federer was a clear favourite in the semis clash against the Serb citing his previous back to back title wins on the surface. Federer was faithful to the saying as he cruised past the Novak Djokovic in straight set triumph, 7-6 7-5 7-5.
The memorable moment of the match was that magical shot played by Federer when Djokovic was serving at 6-5 down in the final set after being 3-=0 down in that game. Federer hit the ball past between his legs to see it bounce in the corner, earning him the match point of the game.
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