Federer Four-Peats

US Open dynamo mows down Djokovic to capture 12th grand slam crown
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2007 9:00 PM CDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning the men's finals against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – If it's early fall, Roger Federer must be the US Open champion. As steady as a Swiss watch, he racked up his fourth straight crown this afternoon with a 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 thumping of third-seeded Novak Djokovic. The victory, Federer's 12th in a grand slam final, moves him within two of Pete Sampras' career record.

The match was closer than the score—"straight sets is brutal for Novak, to be honest," said Federer—but the 20-year-old Serb, playing in his first major final, couldn't seal the deal despite being up 6-5 in each of the first two sets. "He deserved to win," said Djokovic. "He was the better player." Say that four times fast.