Well done, Novak Djokovic! The 2015 Men’s U.S. Open champ had to overcome his biggest rival, Roger Federer, and it was a final worthy of these two great competitors. Read on to see just how Novak managed to beat his fierce competitor on Sept. 13.
There could only be one winner! Congratulations, Novak Djokovic, for winning the men’s 2015 U.S. Open Final and defeating your old foe, Roger Federer, in the process. Despite the rain delay, it was a hell of a match-up, but something had to give between these two great pros in the end. Better luck next time, Roger!
Roger and Novak came on strong right away, as the advantage went back in forth between them several times just to win the first game. Although Roger claimed the first game of the night, Novak immediately struck back with seven straight points over Roger. Despite taking a spill on the court, Novak eventually took the first set by a score of 6-4. The second set was extremely intense and insanely close — one game took 15 minutes alone! — but Roger came out on top 7-5.
Despite a scraped up right arm and what sounded like a Federer-favoring crowd, Novak wasn’t done fighting and won the second set 6-4. It was an extremely well-fought battle all the way to the end, as the match took more than three hours. But in the fourth game, Novak was clearly ready to win, and ran away with the victory by a score of 6-4 in the final set.
The Sept. 13 final was the 42nd meeting between Roger and Novak. Before play, Roger held a lead of 21 wins to Novak’s 20 — the pair has battled for supremacy at the top of the game over the years. TK is now $3.3 million richer thanks to his U.S. Open win, which is just a drop in the ocean compared to his earnings in tennis so far.
In terms of being at the top, Roger has done well to stay competitive given his advancing years. He can’t have too many years left in the tank, but he’s arguably the greatest tennis player to have ever played the game. In the race to the final, both Roger and Novak have been in incredible form, disposing of their rivals with ease in their semi-finals.
Novak beat 2014 U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic in unforgiving fashion, destroying the 6’6″ Bosnian star 6-0, 6-1, 6-2. Meanwhile, Roger showed he’s still got it by defeating Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.
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— Jon Boon