The 20-year-old Novak Djokovic reached the first Major final at the US Open 2007, playing on a high level that year and becoming world no. 3 behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. After Masters 1000 titles in Miami and Montreal, Novak went to New York as one of the favorites and reached the title clash against world no.
1 and a three-time defending champion Roger Federer. Novak gives his everything against Roger but falls 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 in two hours and 24 minutes, but only after wasting five set points in the opener and two in the second set!
Joking after the match, Novak mentioned his new book named 'Seven set points,' not feeling too disappointed as he still reached the final and challenged the world's leading player. Federer saved seven out of nine break chances and secured three return games from five opportunities to seal the deal in straight sets.
The Swiss had the upper hand in the shortest rallies up to four strokes, forging his victory in that segment as nothing could separate them in the more extended exchanges. Djokovic earned the first break chance in the 11th game, squandered it following Federer's service winner and seized the second to open the gap.
Novak fired three winners at 6-5 to create three set points, wasting those and two more before Roger broke back to prolong the set following the Serb's double fault. Djokovic hits more double faults in the tie break and lost it 7-4 for a massive blow.
The young gun moves 4-1 in front in set number two, having to serve well and level the overall score. Instead, Federer broke back in game seven and served to stay in the set at 5-6. Like the opener, the Swiss went 40-15 down and stayed calm to defend both set points and prolong the action.
Novak Djokovic lost to Roger Federer in three tight sets at the US Open 2007.
Roger closed the game with two winners and raced past Novak 7-2 in the tie break with a magical backhand down the line winner to open a massive advantage ahead of set number three.
Still pushing strong despite huge setbacks, Djokovic created three break chances in the third set's fifth game, squandering those and never threatening Federer on the return in the rest of the clash. Serving at 5-4, Novak wasted a game point following a double fault and saved a match point with a forehand winner.
Federer earned the second match point after Djokovic's loose backhand and converted it when Novak's drop shot failed to reach the net, falling to the ground and starting a massive celebration. "Roger played better in the crucial moments, especially when I served for the opener and had a 40-0 lead.
I had the wind on my side, but I suddenly started making errors, which was not understandable. I was under pressure, knowing that I had to go for my shots and calm down, which did not happen. I had some negative thoughts in the opener's 12 game, thinking about a potential tie break instead of focusing on that game.
My next book will be called 'Seven set points.' Of course, I'm joking. Right now, I would dress up and go to the court to play the opener's 12th game at 40-0. Also, I was a bit unlucky, especially on my last set point in the second set," Novak Djokovic said.