Roger Federer Vs Djokovic at US Open is The Best Grand Slam Matches Of The Year

Best GS Match Of The Year 2011

After successfully defeating Djokovic in French Open semifinals, Roger Federer failed to continue his success at the next grand slam series United States Open. In the match Djokovic beat Federer in five sets match with a score of 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.

History repeated itself in the US Open semi-finals as Novak Djokovic saved two match points to stun Roger Federer in an epic five-set clash for the second year in a row. If possible, the 2011 contest was made even more dramatic with Djokovic rallying from a two-set deficit for the second time in his career to prevail in three hours and 51 minutes.

Five-time US Open champion Federer had appeared in command when he assumed a two-set lead, but Djokovic raised his level significantly to claw his way back into contention. The Serb won 93 per cent of points on first serve and committed just seven unforced errors in the following two sets as he forced a decider in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, regained control in the fifth set. He broke Djokovic’s serve in the eighth game and set up two match points at 40/15 on serve, with the Arthur Ashe crowd roaring its approval. An inspired Djokovic saved the first with a scintillating forehand return winner, and raised his arms to the crowd to receive their adulation. The shot served as a catalyst for his fightback and the Belgrade native converted his second break point chance as Federer double faulted. After levelling at 5-5, Djokovic broke the Swiss’ serve to 15 with another forehand winner before coolly sealing his 63rd win in 65 matches to leave Federer shell-shocked again.

“It was a very similar situation to last year,” acknowledged Djokovic. “I had to take my chances. I was very close to being on my way back home. He was serving. He was 40/15 up. I managed to hit that amazing forehand return which got me back. I got a little bit of energy from the crowd, and I fought back. I needed to stay positive, and I definitely didn’t want the French Open to happen again. It was an incredible last two games.”

Just two months earlier at Wimbledon, Federer had surrendered a two-set lead in a Grand Slam match for the first time when he was beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals. “It’s awkward having to explain this loss because I feel like I should be doing the other press conference,” said the Basel native. “But it’s what it is. He came back; he played well. I didn’t play so well at the very end. Sure, it’s disappointing, but I have only myself to blame. I set it all up perfect, but I couldn’t finish it.”

Other matches that are considered best for the 2011 season is the French Open semifinals. The match also involving the two players. The Roland Garros semi-final clash between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic is a match that stands out not only for its intense high quality and late-finishing drama, but also as the day when Djokovic was finally beaten, ending his 41-match winning streak in 2011.

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