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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 September 2007, 20:34 GMT 21:34 UK
US Open 2007
Flushing Meadows, New York, 27 August-9 September




US Open, Flushing Meadows

Final result:

R FEDERER (Swi) bt N DJOKOVIC (Ser)

7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2) 6-4

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By Piers Newbery

Third set:

0022: Well, it's been emotional. Djokovic gets a great reception from the New Yorkers and looks suitably embarrassed when a red-faced Maria Sharapova appears on the big screen, to wolf whistles all round. There's definitely something going on there. Federer picks up the trophy and that's your lot. It's been fun, and thanks for your texts and comments, - now back to bed/work/school/uni for the lot of you. I need a cuppa.

Federer 6-4 Djokovic
Federer gets to 30-30, and just two points from the title, with a superb backhand smash and a fizzing return but an ace takes Djokovic to game point. Federer then produces the most incredible angle with a backhand for deuce. Djokovic goes for a big second serve and wants to challenge but he can't! He's gone and used them all, hasn't he? It's championship point but NoDjo finds a delicate forehand angle. Another backhand error gives Fed a second chance though... and he nets a backhand!

It's over and Federer slumps to the court before leaping up, congratulating NoDjo and then pumping his fist like a madman. Don't often see him this fired up...

Federer 5-4 Djokovic
Federer gets to 40-0 and keeps things interesting with a double fault but takes the game on the next point.

0006: "Watching live coverage on ya fone while lying in bed it gets no betta i love technology."
From D in north west london via text

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From anon via text

0006: "Piers, i can beat young Alex from Oxford, i'm handing in my dissertation tomorrow & finish university forever!"
Andrew, Northumbria Uni, Newcastle, via text

Federer 4-4 Djokovic
Crikey. Federer moves menacingly to 30-30, swoops into the net and... sticks a volley into the net with court gaping. Djokovic follows up with a double fault anyway, so it's deuce, but Federer misses with a pass and Djokovic hangs on. He looks tired though.

Federer 4-3 Djokovic
Federer hammers a backhand pass down the line, then punches away a forehand volley and hits an ace for an easy hold. Huge game now for Djokovic.

2355: "Djokovic looks way more like screech from saved by the bell than tarantino."
From James H via text

Federer 3-3 Djokovic
Djokovic looks on course for a simple hold but Federer gets back to deuce and then earns a break point as NoDjo is forced into evasive action at the net. The Serb bravely heads back to the net to save the break point with a volley and follows up with a searing backhand as he holds.

2355: "I've got my first day of college at 8am tomorrow but all i can do is lie in bed and watch the bbc commentary on my phone!"
From Alex, Oxford, via text (We salute you!)

Federer 3-2 Djokovic
Djokovic smacks a cross-court backhand winner on the first point and then Federer double faults to go 0-30. NoDjo steps up the pace in the next rally and forces a backhand error - 0-40 and three more break points for the Serb. He misses with a backhand return on the first and then inexplicably leaves a forehand that drops on the line right in front of him - Hawkeye confirms his mistake. Djokovic nets a return on the third break point and the crowd sighs as one, before Federer wraps up the game with an ace.

Bizarrely, Djokovic challenges but Fedeer marches to his chair and sits down anyway, so the Serb follows him. They both sit and watch as the Hawkeye graphic confirms it was an ace, just. And that was Djokovic's last challenge of the set. Weird.

Federer 2-2 Djokovic
A very swift love game for Djokovic, very much as we were at the start of the first set.

2345: "Federer has the ability to squeeze out of tight situations, it's amazing. Sampras had the same sort of thing."
Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5live

Federer 2-1 Djokovic
A Djokovic backhand sails long and Federer holds easily again.

2343: "Federer is one of those bobbly punch things that always come back smiling no matter how hard you hit it..."
From anon via text

Federer 1-1 Djokovic
Testing times for Djokovic when he lets a 40-15 lead slip but Serb hangs on from deuce.

2341: "Awesome from Federer. Is it me or is he the spitting image of Quentin Tarantino?"
From Marc, Liverpool, via text (He is indeed - a subject much discussed at Wimbledon, where we decided the Roddick/Stiffler lookalike was the best)

Federer 1-0 Djokovic
Lordy, that is a game and a half from the champ. He opens with a forehand winner down the line, then hits a backhand down the opposite tram line and soon after smacks an ace for the game.


Second set:

Federer 7-6 (7-2) Djokovic
Awesome stuff from Federer. After a pretty scratchy couple of sets by his standards, the Swiss hits top form at the key moment. Djokovic puts a backhand wide to go 3-2 down and Federer repsonds with some brilliant, unreturnable serving, and from 5-2 he smashes a spectacular forehand an even better backhand to take the set.

2329: Djokovic has a brief and entertaining meltdown at the back of the court after missing a total of seven set points in the match so far. He needs to get his head back in the match - it's tie-break time.

Federer 6-6 Djokovic
A long rally at 15-15 ends with Djokovic smacking a backhand down to Federer's feet at the net and he puts the volley long. Another forehand error follows and it's 15-40 and two set points to Djokovic. We've been here before, haven't we? Federer saves the first with an ace and NoDjo goes long with a forehand on the second, only just according to Hawkeye. That provokes a smile form the Serb but Federer just gets back to business and holds on.

Federer 5-6 Djokovic
Some more huge serving from Djokovic and Federer just isn't reading it at the moment.

2322: "Game over. I can only see one outcome now, as long as fed keeps attacking. Novak will struggle to serve any part of this match out."
From Ian, Eastbourne, via text

Federer 5-5 Djokovic
Federer holds serve to love, walloping a huge forehand on the second point.

Federer 4-5 Djokovic
We appear to have returned to the start of the first set as both players are now holding serve with ease, Djokovic taking this one to 15.

Federer 4-4 Djokovic
Federer is back on level terms with another love service game and the worrying thing for Djokovic is that the champion is nowhere near his best yet, apart from on serve.

Federer 3-4 Djokovic
The nerves appear to strike Djokovic again as he falls to 0-40 with a couple of errors and another loose backhand lets Federer break back to love.

Federer 2-4 Djokovic
The third point of this game feels like a significant moment as Djokovic moves the world number one over every inch of the court before drawing him to the net and throwing up a perfect lob. Those in the NoDjo box are up on their feet, as are the rest of the 23,000 spectators, but Federer holds on from deuce with an ace.

2304: "Bye bye Djokovic, you had your chance and you blew it and now you will lose."
From Naveed, Yorkshire, via text (Presumably before the last two games)

Federer 1-4 Djokovic
Federer puts up a tame lob before Djokovic finds an ace on his way to a love game.

Federer 1-3 Djokovic
Another howler off the forehand from Federer gives Djokovic two set points at 15-40. The Serb misses a backhand on the first but Federer obliges with a sloppy volley on the second and the match is very much back on.

Federer 1-2 Djokovic
A confidence booster for Djokovic as he hits a couple of big forehand winners and holds to 15.

Federer 1-1 Djokovic
Federer looks a lot more relaxed now and sidles into the net to put away a forehand volley but a missed backhand pass sees him pegged back to 30-30. The Swiss comes up with his best shot of the day as he arrows a backhand down the line and a service winner seals the game.

2252: "Just looked my tie out for work tomorrow and it's got a tear in it, is this the second tie break of the evening?"
From Gordon, Bristol, via text

Federer 0-1 Djokovic
After sitting with his head swathed in towels during the changeover, Djokovic just about retains his composure to hold his serve to 15.

2249: "Djokovic should have managed to turn that negativity off a little earlier than he did."
Jeff Tarango on BBC Radio 5live

2248: "Djokovic settled down very well at the start but there were plenty of unforced errors - 34 from both players - and he's got a mountain to climb now."
Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5live


First set:

Federer 7-6 (7-4) Djokovic
Look away, NoDjo fans, this will make ugly reading. Still seething after missing five set points in the previous game, Djokovic gets the first mini-break for 3-2 but then nets a backhand and double faults. His racquet takes a pounding as he slams it into the court, and things get worse when he delivers another double fault at set point down. Good stuff from Federer but Djokovic really did throw it away.

Federer 6-6 Djokovic
What a game. Nerves? From Novak? He smacks an ace to get to 40-0 and three set points. One decent forehand from Federer and a Djokovic error put the pressure on before a lengthy rally sees the Serb falter again, and it's deuce. NoDjo gathers himself and fires down a huge service winner but goes long with the forehand on set point number four. Number fives comes along moments later, a brilliant Federer return is too much for Djokovic.

After five set points slip by, Djokovic pulls a backhand wide to give Federer a break point and the Serb double faults! Unbelievable.

2229: "Re 2142 entry. Baba O'Riley is the theme music to CSI-New York. So tenuous link, at best. Top tune though. Go Fed."
From Doc Faroon, on call in Dundee, via text (Good knowledge)

Federer 5-6 Djokovic
Djokovic gets to 30-30 with a scything forehand cross-court winner and the crowd starts to get involved. Djokovic then makes a great return and forces a Federer error, giving him the first break point of the day. The Serb gets a look at a second serve but thumps the backhand return long and looks disgusted. As does Federer on the next point when he puts an easy forehand well long - set point again, and another Federer error on the forehand!

Federer 5-5 Djokovic
Federer makes a couple more wild shanks off the forehand and Djokovic holds serve easily once again. The Serb has the very slightest of edges at the moment.

Federer 5-4 Djokovic
Djokovic makes a mess of a backhand smash and this time it's Federer who closes out his service game with an ace.

Federer 4-4 Djokovic
Federer mishits a couple of forehands as Djokovic holds to 30 with an ace and we're already on course for a tie-break. That tends to guarantee a break.

2212: "They're like a couple of boxers sparring at the moment."
Jeff Tarango on BBC Radio 5live

Federer 4-3 Djokovic
Another love service game and it's all gone a bit Sampras v Ivanisevic. That's OK though, we want a competitive match.

Federer 3-3 Djokovic
Some big, big serving sees Djokovic hold to love for the first time and he looks in good form for a Grand Slam final debutant.

2205: "Apparently Djokovic is booked on to the David Letterman Show tomorrow night - if he loses it will be the first time Letterman has had the runner-up on his show."
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5live

Federer 3-2 Djokovic
Federer is let off the hook at 30-15 when Djokovic smacks a second serve into the net and the Swiss holds to 15. No sign of any breaks yet.

Federer 2-2 Djokovic
Federer plays a beautiful backhand down the line early on but Djokovic stays calm and holds to 15. A quick stars-in-the-crowd update: Robert De Niro, Dutsin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Greg Norman. No sign of Rick Moranis yet, he was in yesterday though.

2200: "Djokovic has done well and will push fed more than anyone else has in new york but ultimately he'll be let down by his body and his forehand will break under the pressure fed will put on it."
From anon via text on 81111

Federer 2-1 Djokovic
Federer throws in one double fault but holds comfortably. The PA plays Mrs Robinson.

2158: Maria Sharapova is in Djokovic's players' box as a guest before she flies to Russia to be a hitting partner (!) for the Fed Cup team. Building a few bridges there, I imagine. Jeff Tarango on 5live is the man in the know, but he will not be drawn on whether there is more to know about the Sharapova-Djokovic relationship.

Federer 1-1 Djokovic
NoDjo makes two errors to be hauled back to 30-30. At 40-30 the Serb appears to have hit an ace before Federer challenges sucessfully - he's warming to old Hawkeye - but Djokovic hangs on.

Federer 1-0 Djokovic
Federer starts slowly with a couple of loose errors but from 0-30 he moves to the net and sticks away a backhand volley. At 30-30 he challenges a serve and Hawkeye backs him up, saying it was an ace. Djokovic then takes the initiative by attacking the net and angling a forehand volley for deuce, but Federer holds on.

2149: "I saw Djokovic yesterday and he said he was really disappointed about Wimbledon because he thought he could have beaten Nadal in that semi-final. He's very pumped up about getting to a final."
Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5live

2146: "Federer does a lot of Greco-Roman wrestling and it builds muscles you need for tennis."
Jeff Tarango on BBC Radio 5live

2142: The stadium PA belts out The Who's Baba O'Riley, which is completely irrelevant but rather good.

2138: Federer is back in black for this evening, returning to the rather sinister outfit he has been wearing for night matches. Both players conduct a brief pre-match interview in which they say nice things about each other.

2137: Liza Minnelli sings God Bless America. To avoid causing an international incident, I'll leave it at that.

2133: Settle back and prepare yourselves for a night of drama everyone, and I'm not talking about Jim Davidson in Hell's Kitchen.

This is the final that surely everyone has wanted ever since Djokovic beat Federer in Montreal last month.

Will Federer be spooked by that experience or will a first Grand Slam final prove too much for the Serb? Will the 20-year-old be tired after struggling in the heat during his semi-final?

I, for one, am feeling refreshed despite yesterday's marathon, having enjoyed a gentle walk across Hyde Park at dusk on my way to work. Apart from the in-line skaters and overly aggressive squirrels, it was delightful.

So, anyway, are we about to see another landmark night for Federer, or a real shift in the balance of power in men's tennis?

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