Djokovic conquers Federer at U.S. Open for tenth major title

Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:12am EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic closed out the grand slam campaign in style beating long time rival Roger Federer to claim the U.S. Open on Sunday, leaving the Serb a hair away from one of the greatest seasons of all-time.

The 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 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.

Although there was no way to tell how big his four-set loss to Wawrinka would be, it ended up denying the Serb a chance to join the men's calendar year grand slam club that includes just two members, Rod Laver (twice) and Don Budge.

"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 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 hardcourts having previously reached the final five times and lifting the trophy just once in 2011.   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds up the U.S. Open trophy after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in their men's singles final match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 13, 2015.   REUTERS/Mike Segar