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On September 8, 2008, Roger Federer wrote tennis history in New York. Once more. With his triumph at the US Open, he not only became the first player to win the tournament five times in a row in the Open Era, but also the first player to achieve this feat in two Grand Slam tournaments.
Roger's 13th Major Victory: A very special triumph
These are the best and most dominant years in the charismatic Swiss’s career. However, his sole rule is slowly coming to an end. After more than four years of uninterrupted reign at number one in the world rankings in men's tennis, Rafael Nadal first conquered the place in the sun a week before the US Open. At the beginning of the year, a certain Novak Djokovic had also won his first major tournament at the Australian Open. As usual, Nadal then triumphed in Paris, and in an epic Wimbledon final, the Spaniard even overthrew Federer's throne on the sacred lawn in London. At the US Open, however, the “maestro” really let it go again.
When he made his way to Flushing Meadows in 2008, Federer can look back on a crazy 28 wins in a row. He celebrated his first triumph here in 2004, followed by three more from 2005-2007, making a total of only ten sets. With a fourth defense of his title, he could now be the first player to complete double the quintuple - at Wimbledon he did that in the previous year. Federer marches through the first laps without any problems. After three sets of victories against Maximo Gonzalez, Thiago Alves and Radek Stepanek, the first real test awaits in the round of 16 with Igor Andreev, who is number 23. In fact, the Russian chased two sentences from the favorite, but ultimately the Swiss prevailed and made it to the quarter-finals.
March through against later "Big 4" competitors
A real tournament surprise awaits with Gilles Muller. Coming from the qualification, the Luxembourger whirled up the lower part of the draw, collected four main field victories and promoted Tommy Haas, Nicolas Almagro and with Nikolaj Davydenko also the number five seeding list from the tournament. But Federer is a size too big for the left-hander with a strong serve and wins in three sets. In the semifinals there will be a new edition of the Melbourne semi-finals. Novak Djokovic still decided for himself in January, now Federer managed the big revenge in four sentences.
Another part of the later “Big 4”, Andy Murray, who is still at the beginning of his success, is waiting in the final. In New York, the Scot reached his first major final, with the semi-final victory over Rafael Nadal and two victories over Federer, the 21-year-old has already impressively demonstrated his skills. In this final, the eventual Olympic champion should not have a chance. In top form, Federer rolled 6: 2 through the first set before he overcame Murray's full resistance in the second set with 7: 5. After only 1:51 hour, he transformed his second match ball and fell to the ground amid screams of joy, the cheers of the audience and overwhelmed by feelings of happiness.
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