Federer wins third US Open in row
Playing in his record 6th straight grand slam final, Federer plays below his best but still manages to beat Andy Roddick.india Updated: Sep 11, 2006 12:22 IST
Roger Federer captured his third consecutive US Open title by surviving some dicey moments before blowing past former champion Andy Roddick 6-2 4-6 7-5 6-1 on Sunday and proving once again that he has no rival.
Playing in his record sixth straight grand slam final, Federer played below his best but still managed to beat the 2003 Open champion for the 11th time in 12 career meetings.
With the sets level at 1-1 and Roddick serving at 5-6, Federer broke the American to close out the third set amid a chorus of groans by the 24,000 spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Federer began to smell blood early in the fourth set and broke Roddick in the second game to grab a 2-0 lead. The Australian Open and Wimbledon champion recovered his form, and his confidence, before breaking Roddick again for a 4-0 lead.
When he closed out the match on an overhead, the normally staid Federer collapsed in ecstasy and lay on the court on his back. He won eight of the last nine games to claim the title.
Despite playing his best only in stretches, Federer finished the two-hour, 27-minute match with 69 winners and only 19 unforced errors. The Swiss also out-aced the hard-serving Roddick 17-7.
Roddick had 33 winners and 23 unforced errors but was let down by his inconsistency at the net.