Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 Federer. Game set and match! Novak Djokovic seals his 10th Grand Slam win with a brilliant victory over Federer. He had to save three break points in the final game, but he was equal to all challenges and his reward is pure domination. Djokovic's 2015 will go down as one of the great seasons in history.
Novak Djokovic - Roger Federer
US Open men - 13 September 2015
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Djokovic en fuego.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-4 Federer. Federer consolidates the first break back with one more trademark quick, precise hold. Once again, the pressure falls firmly on Djokovic to serve it all out.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-3 Federer. With his back up against the wall and his final stand commencing, Federer roared forward time after time. He threw in a brilliant sneak attack on the return, before breaking with a sickly sweet drop volley. The GOAT is still in it for now.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-2 Federer. From 30-0, Djokovic pegged Federer back to 30-30. From game point, Djokovic threw up an epic lob to bring it back to deuce. As a forehand error forced Federer to reckon with a fatal break point, Djokovic struck the final nail into Federer's coffin with a brilliant passing shot return winner as Federer steamed into the net. That's Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 4-2 Federer. A second wind from Federer, as the Swiss reverted to all that made him successful during the middle part of the match. He brilliantly chased down the net to bring himself to 15-30, before unleashing on a great backhand to find a lifeline of a break point. But a forehand error scuppered the break point, and Djokovic quickly worked to clean up the rest of his service game. Two holds separate Djokovic from his 10th slam...
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 3-2 Federer. Federer flits through another quick service hold with a slew of big serves. Djokovic crushes a massive forehand return winner at 40-0, just to refuse Federer the pleasure of a love hold. Shortly after, the hold is Federer's.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 3-1 Federer. The scary part is that only now Djokovic is beginning to find his best tennis. The serb pounded a big forehand down the line early on, before doing the same with his famed backhand down the line to take the game. Suddenly, he's looking confident and ready.
The first female umpire in a men's US Open final is making the most of her time out there.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 2-1 Federer. No doubt internally berating himself for not doing a service game earlier, Federer pieces together one of his trademark rapid service holds. Big serves gallore, he takes the game to 15 and eases through to keep in touch.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 2-0 Federer. Federer finds himself with a half-chance to put a little pressure on Djokovic at 30-30, but the Serb remains one step ahead in this third set. The world number one consolidates the break and it will take an incredible effort to stop him from here.
Federer's brilliant earlier backhand smash.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 1-0 Federer. As Federer continues to wonder where on earth the third set went, Djokovic pounces again. Once again, the Serb builds a great wall across the baseline and only allows his opponents' errors through. Incredibly dangerous times for the Swiss now.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 Federer. Set! Djokovic snatches the set to march up a formidable 2-1 lead in sets. The Serb once again had to rally from a deficit, taking advantage of Federer's errors and a great overrule from the umpire to recover from 15-40 and take the set. It's still quite puzzling how Djokovic has ended up in this position, but that's how Novak Djokovic rolls.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 5-4 Federer. It goes without saying that Novak Djokovic is the master of the rope-a-dope, unintentional or otherwise. He spent much of his previous service game sulking, before roaring through with his back to a break point. Djokovic then arrived in Federer's service game panting and spluttering, before transfiguring into a wall halfway through and refusing to be passed. Out of nowhere, the world number one will serve for the third set.
Quite the bullet of a forehand from Mr Federer.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 4-4 Federer. The world number one is still sulking, and from 40-0 the top seed bizarrely crumbles into a mess of unforced errors. Federer finds himself an incredible break point opportunity, responding by dumping a forehand into the net. The crowd continue to roar and punctuate Djokovic's missed first serves, of which he is missing many. Federer punishes one such second serve to bring up a second break point, but finally the real Djokovic stands up, pounding a brilliant inside in forehand winner to save it. Shortly after, the Serb escapes, crushing forehand after forehand en route to another hold.
Federer's majestic backhand to capture the second set.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 3-4 Federer. Federer shrugs off the frustration at failing to go deeper into the previous Djokovic service game by laying on the hurt with another love hold. For the first time in the match, Federer looks by far the better player. We'll see if he can keep it this way.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 3-3 Federer. Djokovic refrains from giving up his serve easily this time around, the Serb connecting with some big first serves to dig out an impressive hold from 0-30 down. The pressure is on and he can usually be counted to flourish under it these days
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 2-3 Federer. No problems for Federer from game point this time around. The Swiss flitted through another trademark quick hold, sprinting back to his narrow lead in a flash.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 2-2 Federer. Well, quite the unexpected turn of events. Despite being gifted a break just when he most needed a gift, for once Djokovic couldn't take advantage of Federer's weakness. After a series of deuces, the Serb limply relinquished the set to bring about a trade of breaks early in an essential third set.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 2-1 Federer. Federer looked to be cruising after pounding a brilliant forehand down the line to move to 40-15. But in a flash, three errors and a double fault undid all the Swiss' great work and handed over the break for free.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 1-1 Federer. Up 15-30 and rolling through as the roaring crowd continues to antagonize his opponent, Federer goes for perhaps one sneak attack too many on the return. This time, Djokovic is able to neutralize the Swiss and pieces together an undramatic hold despite the anger.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 0-1 Federer. The world number two is still rolling. He kicks off the set with a nother flying hold to 15, pounding serves and crushing forehands to quickly move into the lead for the first time in quite a while. Meanwhile, Djokovic responded to the lost first set by tearing the buttons off his poor polo shirt. The Serb's anger is clear for all to see.
Djokovic 6-4 5-7 Federer. Set! For once, the roles reversed as Federer simply refused to give Djokovic a moment of rest. The immense pressure finally told on Djokovic, as Federer quickly rolled to a double break point. This time Federer saw his opportunity and took it, flying into a brilliant angled crosscourt backhand winner to take the set with incredible initiative. One of the new dimensions of Federer's game has been his willingness to pound that backhand and take more risks, and it was there for the entire world to see.
Impressive resilience from the Swiss.
Djokovic 6-4 5-6 Federer. Djokovic continues to dominate the rallies, but Federer continues to serve brilliantly. With the door slightly ajar at 15-30, Federer finds his famous delivery to shrug off the disappointment of not taking the set and edge ahead again.
A quite brilliant Federer backhand.
Djokovic 6-4 5-5 Federer. After a slow start, some epic scenes unfolding on Ashe. After, bunting an easy smash straight back to Djokovic on a seemingly pivotal 30-30 point, Federer twice slapped away Djokovic game points with brilliant forehands. Eventually, Federer found his way to two separate set points. On the second, a shanked Djokovic forehand left Federer with the easiest forehand to put away to take the set, but the nervy Federer forehand sailed well long. Federer did his best to salvage the game and save more game points with some brilliant volleys and forehands, but so far the world number one can't be stopped.
WTA player Monica Puig is enjoying herself.
Djokovic 6-4 4-5 Federer. Some resistance and great returning from Djokovic, who is unsurprisingly winning the bulk of the points once the rallies commence. Federer knows he must continue to serve from the skies, and that's exactly what the Swiss does. He escapes without ending up in a messy deuce game, moving a game away from capturing the set.
Djokovic 6-4 4-4 Federer. Djokovic responds to the rapid Federer hold with a love hold of his own. One of the underrated aspects of Djokovic's game is this ability to play the chameleon. When Nadal is across the net, he matches the Spaniards in the battle of attrition. When it's time to face Federer, Djokovic can play just as efficiently.
Amazing defence from Novak.
Djokovic 6-4 3-4 Federer. Federer is really in a rhythm on his serve now, and the Swiss smashes down another nerveless love service game with a myriad of big serves. As they move into the business end of the set, both men are looking great for the first time today.
Djokovic 6-4 3-3 Federer. Federer continues his attempts to rush the Djokovic second serve, Djokovic responds with a brilliant angled forehand passing shot. As Federer stormed in, it seems Djokovic really tried to ensure that he couldn't see the bulking Swiss figure in his peripheral vision. Shortly after, the Serb quickly wrapped up another slick hold.
Djokovic 6-4 2-3 Federer. The real Federer is definitely standing up in set two. Another service game, another rapid hold thanks to some big first serves. He moves up ahead once more.
Djokovic 6-4 2-2 Federer. Federer goes for another slick SABR before storming into the net on the following point. Djokovic responds to both net rushes with two screaming, genius lobs. He throws Federer's attempts to humiliate him straight back across the net, and quickly holds to love.
Djokovic 6-4 1-2 Federer. Despite the missed opportunity for a big break, the real Federer is beginning to show himself. He flits to a trademark flash of a service hold, slotting in big serves and marching to his chair with his narrow second set lead intact.
Djokovic 6-4 1-1 Federer. Federer finally introduces his now famous SABR (Sneak Attack By Roger) to its first slam final, sprinting forwards on the return at 0-15 and pounding a down the line backhand from literally inside the service box. Feeling the adrenaline, Federer follows it up with a screamer of a backhand down the line to bring up triple break point. The three evade him with a mixture of good serving and bad returning, but Federer finds another brilliant backhand down the line. The level is beginning to sky rocket, Federer's aggression to bring up break points brushed aside with some brilliant defence-to-offence crosscourt forehands from Djokovic to save them. Finally, the world number one pulls out a fantastic hold, 5 break points saved.
Djokovic 6-4 0-1 Federer. More struggles from the second seed to open a new set, as a brilliant stretch for a smash and some big serving is countered by a double fault and a long, grinding rally won by Djokovic. On game point, the Swiss shanks a forehand well wide. But an uncharacteristic neutral backhand error from Djokovic invites Federer to kick off the first set with a hold.
Djokovic 6-4 Federer. Set! First blood to Novak Djokovic as the Serb serves out to love, closing it out by uncoiling on a brilliant on-the run forehand to clinch the set. Despite a far from vintage set from the number one, the score doesn't quite give justice to the gulf between the top two players in the world after 40 minutes. The Swiss will have to play dramatically better if he wishes to even stay on Djokovic's level.
Djokovic 5-4 Federer. Djokovic isn't finished with Federer's serve in this set. As he always will, the Serb chases down an average Federer drop volley, slipping in a brilliant angled retort to take the point. After a further Federer error, the Serb finds himself at set point but wastefully blows a backhand into the net after a fantastic, handcuffing return. Federer needs no further invitation, finding that first serve and forcing the Serb to serve it out.
Djokovic 5-3 Federer. After Federer's net fails in the previous game, Djokovic rubs salt in the Swiss' wounds by digging out a brilliant low volley for 30-15. But out of nowhere, the Serb hits a nervy double fault before showcasing even more nerves by horribly mis-judging a forehand to bring up break point. As if to show solidarity with Djokovic's nerves, Federer blows a shaky backhand well long for no reason. Djokovic needs no further invitation, digging out two big first serves and sweeping up the rest to hold.
Djokovic 4-3 Federer. Federer's commitment to serve and volley isn't his friend this time around, as he nets a simple serve and volley at 30-15. After a netted backhand sends him down another break point, the Swiss storms the net off a second serve. Djokovic shrugs, slots a backhand down the line and restores his break.
Djokovic 3-3 Federer. Federer demonstrates his recent commitment to pounding his backhand down the line in recent months by snatching a point with one such backhand. But otherwise it's all Djokovic as the Serb shrugs off the fall and races through the game with a series of big serves.
Djokovic 2-3 Federer. Still looking a bit shaken, Djokovic misses a couple of backhand returns as the second seed cranks up his first serve to full throttle and holds to love in a flash. The Serb has now lost 6 of 7 points since falling, and he quickly ushers the trainer on to deal with his bloodied arm.
Djokovic 2-2 Federer. Whoops. At 0-15, Djokovic suffers what could've been a nasty fall. He lets go of the racquet before throwing his hands down, but he's clearly shaken. A backhand error brings up three immediate break back points. On the second, Federer drags the Serb out wide with a great angled forehand, before slotting the following forehand down the line and breaking back immediately.
Djokovic 2-1 Federer. Break! It's fair to say that Novak Djokovic is not content to feels his way into the match. After drilling a great crosscourt backhand winner, Djokovic pounds the Federer forehand until an error brings up triple break point. Federer responds with a big serve and a slick serve and volley. But on the third break point the Serb withstands Federer's attempts to unleash on the backhands, chasing down a brilliant angle followed by a drilled backhand down the line. Federer finally makes the fatal error, and the Great Wall of Serbia takes his first break.
Djokovic 1-1 Federer. Already, a pattern from many of this pair's recent big matches has been established. Lengthy Federer service games, followed by a quick, service winner-heavy hold for the top seed. Federer has struggled to return the Djokovic serve at times in their two recent Wimbledon finals, and this will be one of the keys to this match.
Djokovic 0-1 Federer. Despite some big first serves, Federer can't find the court in rallies. A couple of big serves bring him to game point but two poor netted forehands bring two break points. But Federer escapes, a big second serve scuppering the first break point and a brilliant angled forehand opening up the court for him to drill another down the line. After digging himself out of a third break point, the second seed escapes to pick up his first hold.
Already a bit of history in this final, as the ever popular Eva Asderaki-Moore becomes the first ever female umpire in a men's US Open final. And it's about time.
Unlike every tennis player on the planet, Federer responds to the first question of the unnecessary pre-match interview with a 900 hour answer. Both men look calm and ready for the final championship match of the year.
At last, it's time. With the typical pre-sporting event US anthem done and dusted, let the tennis begin.
The courts are still being dried as the crowd begins to fill again. It appears that they really intend to get things underway shortly.
Update: the courts are being dried as the rain begins to stop and the current status of play is Not Before 12am.
The wait goes on.
The wait continues as the rain pours down in New York.
As the rain continues, there will now be no play before 11pm.
We go on.
Update: The final currently won't kick off before 10:30pm.
Well, just as the rain stopped and the court drying zambonis finished drying the courts, the rain has returned. Not unlike many recent final US Open Sundays, the rain is wreaking havoc.
Word has it that the tentative starting time for Djokovic-Federer is now 10pm GMT. The wait continues.
It's only natural that the final match before a roof is snugly fitted on Ashe should be ravaged by rain. As the clock strikes 4pm ET, play has been suspended on the other active courts across the grounds. The two best players in the world will have to wait.
Roger Federer's now famous recent tendency to disrupt his opponents by storming forwards and taking some returns from right on top of the service line (amusingly branded Sneak Attack By Roger), appears to have ruffled a few feathers...
Hello! Welcome to the final day of the final slam of the year. And what a final it is, as the top two players in the world tee off for the US Open title. Both men arrive in this round in red hot form, and the trophy is anyone's to take.