US Open: The greatest ever slam winner Roger Federer

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The current Grand Slam king Novak Djokovic had hoped his Grand Slam dream would add to his collection on Sunday.

But the Serb’s dream of sweeping all four majors was crushed when he was beaten at the US Open final by Roger Federer to end a run of six successive major finals, first here at Flushing Meadows in 2009, then in New York the following year.

Federer, 33, joins fellow Swiss legend, Andre Agassi, who won the Open here in 1992 and had won five majors by the age of 32.

The loss marked the end of a brilliant career for Djokovic, a 27-year-old Serb who has become only the second man in history after Federer to win four Grand Slams in a row.

Federer however had other ideas and he broke down in tears at the final grand slam of the year, insisting it was the greatest achievement of his life.

For Djokovic, the dream is over — his second US Open final ended with him appearing to lose his composure in the tie break.

The 27-year-old struck two winners as he went 2-0 up in the tie break before he ran into trouble, losing his serve and the set to one of the game’s best athletes.

He accepted defeat in the seventh game of the third set, having failed to find a big serve at 4-3.

Djokovic was known for his bold celebration of victories and after breaking Federer in the first game of the second set, he was believed to have punched the air in delight.

After a rain delay, he lost his serve after hitting a forehand long.

But he soon made up for the disappointment and in the third game of the fourth set, he broke Federer again and this time leaned back in a grimace.

Federer’s artistry was the story of the match, in part as Djokovic played his part with some silky groundstrokes in the open court.

There were also plenty of occasions when Djokovic played below par. Federer, on the other hand, was in exquisite form.

In the last game of the second set, Federer was 3-1 up, heading into the break and as he took a while to get to his feet, the game’s most popular player waded in with a volley for a 4-2 lead.

Djokovic then had three break points in the second game of the third set but could not get a forehand return past Federer who, typically, was back at his trusted baseline game and wrapping up the set with ease.

At the beginning of the fourth set, Federer was in the ascendancy yet again and broke Djokovic’s first service game. But with the heart in his chest and Djokovic up two sets to love, the winner at Flushing Meadows fell out of Djokovic’s reach.

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