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Federer wins fourth US Open title

Federer won the men's singles title for the fourth year in a row by defeating Djokovic 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 in the final.

sports Updated: Sep 10, 2007 11:29 IST

Swiss world number one Roger Federer won the US Open men's singles title for the fourth year in a row on Sunday by defeating Serbian third seed Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 in the final.

It was the 12th career Grand Slam title for Federer, who moved within two of matching the all-time Grand Slam title record set by Pete Sampras, and the 51st career tournament triumph overall for the 26-year-old master shotmaker.

Federer's US Open win streak is the longest since Bill Tilden won six in a row from 1920 to 1925.

"You never do get used to it," Federer said. "It's too nice to be true to be back and win a Grand Slam final."

But the victory was far from easy for Federer as Djokovic was up a break in each of the first two sets and squandered five set points serving in the 12th game of the opening set and two more in the 12th game of the second set.

Djokovic netted a backhand volley to surrender the only break of the final set on Federer's second match point, ending his struggle after two hours 26 minutes.

"Straight sets is a bit brutal for Novak to be honest. He deserved better than that," Federer said. "I told him at the net, 'Keep it up.' He's going to have many more battles like that."

Djokovic, trying to become at 20 the second-youngest US Open men's champion in the Open Era after Sampras' 1990 victory, was undone by his own mistakes on critical points in his first Grand Slam final.

The Serbian star, who suffered semi-final losses to Rafael Nadal this year at Wimbledon and the French Open, was only 2-of-9 in break-point chances, missing opportunity after opportunity and ultimately unable to stop Federer.