US Open Flashback: Roger Federer downs Novak Djokovic for second straight year

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US Open Flashback: Roger Federer downs Novak Djokovic for second straight year

Playing against each other for the ninth time, Roger Federer earned the seventh victory over Novak Djokovic in the 2008 US Open semi-final. Two rivals fought in the title clash a year ago, and Roger was still a player to beat in New York, toppling Novak 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 44 minutes to advance into the fifth straight US Open final.

Federer blasted 20 aces and defended his second serve more efficiently than Djokovic to face just four break opportunities and lose serve twice. Novak had to play against 12 break chances, saving seven of those to fight until the very last point, losing ground in set number four and allowing Roger to seal the deal without spending more time on the court.

Novak hit 37 service winners (43 for Roger) and was very aggressive in his plan to take the rhythm away from Federer and impose his shots.

Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2008 US Open semi-final.

Nonetheless, the Swiss had the advantage in the shortest and most extended rallies to cement the victory in four sets and set Andy Murray clash.

In the fourth game, Roger forced Novak's error to forge an early advantage and sealed the opener with a forehand winner at 5-3 after only 24 minutes. Djokovic bounced back in the second set's fourth game when he broke at 15, forging a 4-1 advantage before Federer broke back in game seven to reduce the deficit.

Serving at 5-6, the Swiss sprayed a massive forehand error to get broken and hand the set to the Serb. Roger served well in the third set and grabbed a break at 5-5 to move in front and held at 30 to wrap up the set and move closer to the finish line after two hours and five minutes.

At the beginning of the fourth set, the youngster saved break chances and closed it with a service winner to avoid an early setback. Novak reached deuces on the return in the fourth game before Roger brought it home to lock the result at 2-2.

The Swiss seized the third break chance in the fifth game when the Serb netted a forehand and held after deuces with a booming serve in the next one to cement the advantage. Carried by this boost, Federer grabbed another break in game seven and held at love a few minutes later to seal the deal and secure a place in the title clash.