Roger Federer lost his second final at the US Open. The only other man who managed to stop the Swiss in the last act of the US Open has been Juan Martin Del Potro, back in 2009. Before that, 5 finals and 5 titles.
No other final after that. The Swiss was beaten in 4 sets by Novak Djokovic, who played superb defensive tennis, all while Roger didn't capitalise on his break point opportunities. Here is what Federer told the media after the defeat.
Roger Federer Press Conference N. DJOKOVIC/R. Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 THE MODERATOR: Questions, please. Q. You played an outstanding match. You were playing so well.
Is there consolation in that, or just disappointment that you weren't able to maybe convert some of those break points and come away with a win?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, there is definitely consolation it's been a great stretch all the way for many months now.
Also to receive the crowd support that I did receive. I don't consider that normal. I always say. Say like it feels like you're winning, as well, but I felt like I was sort of up in the score, they kept me going, and that's definitely one of the reasons I still keep playing, because of these moments, goose bump moments.
It's great. Yeah, surely I am very disappointed. Like you said, I had my chances on my racquet. I should never been down in the score the way I was. But Novak did a great job of fending them off, and, you know, all of that.
It was a tough night, but still, I don't know, thrilling at the same time. Q. Was the third set the key of this match? Seemed in the third you were maybe a bit better than him.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, third and fourth, really.
Q. He seemed to find another gear. When you had those break opportunities, it was like he just elevated. Is that sort of the key to his...
ROGER FEDERER: I didn't feel that way, to be quite honest. I had too many break chances.
Of course some of them I could have done better, should have done better, you know, all these things. Surely he didn't give me much, you know, and all that, that's for sure, but still I should have done better. Q.
The rain delay and the change of start time, did that disrupt you?
ROGER FEDERER: No. I mean, that's part of the game. That's what we do. I felt like they communicated well enough with us what was going on. Yeah, I mean, the good thing is when there is a rain delay at this stage of the tournament, I mean, obviously there is some pressure involved.
At the same time, wherever you are it's very quiet rather than first match of the tournament where it's just like a thousand people everywhere where you can't even get two square meters for yourself. Q. The year has not ended and you have already reached the last two Grand Slam finals.
So how do you match these results? Of course it's always better to win, but how do you match these achievements compared to your expectations and targets and goals at the beginning of this year?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I am playing a good year, you know.
I'm playing good tennis. I am happy with where my level is at. I'm able to be, you know, consistent, very consistent. I'm able to beat the best players regularly. Cincinnati obviously was a great feeling beating world No.
1 and world No. 2 in the same week. I don't think I have done that before. And then of course it's also disappointment. Lost too many times in finals. But at the same time, I did win my tournaments, the ones I was supposed to.
The one I got I was very got happy the way I was playing. Year's not over yet. I usually do have a strong finishes to the season, and I hope I can do that again.