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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 September 2005, 23:07 GMT 00:07 UK
Peerless Federer retains US crown
Roger Federer
Defending champion Roger Federer dashed American hopes of a fairytale victory for Andre Agassi with a four-set victory in Sunday's US Open final.

The world number one, 24, won 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 to claim the sixth Grand Slam title of his career.

Federer had looked in serious trouble at a break down in the third but hit back immediately.

And the Swiss star found his best form in the tie-break before sweeping through the fourth set to victory.

"For me the this was the most special Grand Slam final in my career," said Federer afterwards. "To play against Andre in New York, it's a dream.

"I had to play my best match and I did it again in the final. I don't know how I do it."

Thank you New York, it's been a great 20 years
Andre Agassi

Agassi admitted: "It's been a tough road but Roger played way too good today, so congratulations to him and well done."

At 35, Agassi was the oldest finalist since a 39-year-old Ken Rosewall won just two games in losing to Jimmy Connors in 1974.

And the Las Vegan must have feared a similar fate in the early stages as Federer quickly found the smooth rhythm that saw him lose just two sets on his way to the final.

Federer broke in game six and, after missing seven set points, eventually clinched the opening set.

But Agassi broke immediately in the second with some heavy returning and saved three break points on his way to clinching the second set with another break.

I hope you keep on playing and we can have some more enjoyable matches
Federer to Agassi

If ever Federer was there for the taking it was now, and the American sent the crowd wild when he went 4-2 up in the third set on his third break-point chance.

Capitalising on chances against the Swiss is another matter, however, and Federer hit back immediately.

He failed to convert four break points in a dramatic 11th game but, with the match hanging in the balance, found his best form to win the tie-break 7-1.

Agassi's chance had gone and he looked very much a spent force in the fourth, which disappeared in a blizzard of Federer winners.

The champion finished the American on his third Championship point with a winning serve, screaming in celebration of yet another major title.

"I'd like to congratulate Andre on a great run and I hope you keep on playing and we can have some more enjoyable matches," aaid Federer afterwards.

Agassi's future has been the subject of much discussion and he sounded like he may be signing off when he said: "Thank you New York, it's been a great 20 years."


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