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A recap of the last five US Open men's singles finals

The last five men's singles finals at the US Open have produced memorable tennis.

Top 5 / Top 10 11 Sep 2016, 11:12 IST
Novak Djokovic
Djokovic is gunning towards another Grand Slam

Another exhilarating US Open tournament gets to the business end, with both men’s and women’s finalists confirmed. In the Women’s singles semi-finals, Karolina Pliskova stunned the 22-time Grand slam winner Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber eased past Carolina Wozniacki and entered the finals.

On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic defeated Gael Monfils in a “super hot” semi-final and Swiss superstar Stanislas Wawrinka went past Kei Nishikori to enter the finals . 

Over the years, the Arthur Ashe Stadium has hosted some unforgettable finals and in the previous five occasions, 4 different players won the tournament. Whilst Novak Djokovic dominated the Australian Open and Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal stamped his authority in France.

It has not been the case with the US Open, though, and we have seen different winners almost every time in the last 5 years, making the tournament even more interesting.

Will the defending champion Novak Djokovic lay hands on the trophy for the third time? 

Meanwhile, let’s take a look back at the last five men’s singles finals at the Flushing Meadows.

#5 Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer (2015)

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia, right, and Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrate with thier trophies after their Men's Singles Final match on Day Fourteen of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Djokovic defeated Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Djokovic defeated Federer in four sets

The world No.1 was in red hot form in the 2015 season, winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon and was up against Roger Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam champion, who was desperate to add one more title to his cabinet.

The match was delayed by three hours due to persistent showers and a day final turned into a tantalizing night match.

Djokovic clinched the first set 6-4 as Federer found it difficult to escape the top seed’s stranglehold. Federer bounced back in the second set and his increasingly aggressive approach saw Djokovic in trouble.

Yet, he failed to break the top seed’s imperious defence and the set neared conclusion at 4-4. Unfortunately for Djokovic, he faltered in the final game. Federer’s hard work paid off and he won the second set 7-5.

Federer broke Djokovic’s serve initially in the third set, but he was too passive in critical moments and the conceded the set 6-4. Federer didn’t go down without a fight, but his opponent took the game when it mattered the most.

He survived three break chances in the final game, yet emerged victorious and hoisted his second US Open title in four sets –  6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–4. 

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