When Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer at Majors for the first time



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When Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer at Majors for the first time

Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2007 US Open final. Two rivals met again in the Australian Open semi-final next January. The young Serb advanced to his second straight Major title clash following a 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 triumph over a two-time defending champion in two hours and 26 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

Thus, Novak avenged the US Open defeat and advanced into the title clash against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga without losing a set. Djokovic beats Federer at Majors for the first time after two losses in the previous season. The Serb ended Roger's streak of ten consecutive Major finals that had started in 2005 and bested the Swiss on a newly-installed Plexicushion surface.

Novak took the upper hand in the shortest rallies up to four strokes and delivered better numbers behind the first serve, including 37 service winners. Djokovic erased seven out of nine break chances and scored four return games from 11 opportunities to prevail in the crucial moments and remain on the title course.

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in straight sets in Melbourne 2008.

Novak became the first player since Gustavo Kuerten at Roland Garros 2004 to beat Roger in straight sets at Majors! In the opening set's fourth game, the Swiss took four consecutive points to save break points and stay on the positive side.

Roger moved in front with a break in game seven and held in the next one for a 5-3 lead. Djokovic bounced back from 30-0 down in the ninth game to reduce the deficit and broke back in the next one following Federer's huge forehand error.

Roger served to stay in the set at 5-6 and got broken after a loose backhand, dropping the last four games and handing the opener to the young Serb. Novak defended superbly in the second set's fourth game to grab a break with a backhand down the line winner.

Djokovic closed the fifth game with an unreturned serve and earned two more break chances in the next one. Novak broke Roger with a forehand winner before losing serve in game seven to keep the rival in contention. The Serb closed the set with two winners at deuce in game nine and moved a set away from the victory after an hour and a half.

Federer squandered three break points in the third set's second game and played against four break points in the next one. The Swiss repelled them and raised his level to follow the rival's pace in the rest of the set.

Novak saved a set point in the 12th game with a booming serve and repelled another with a forehand winner to send them into a tie break after a volley winner. Djokovic stayed calm and fired two service winners at 4-5 to earn a match point and seized it following Federer's forehand error, celebrating a massive win and moving into the final.