Roger Federer lost in dramatic fashion at the US Open on Saturday, squandering two match points for the second year in a row against Novak Djokovic. Federer jumped to a two-set lead early on, but lost his way in the next two, which went to Djokovic.
In the fifth set he managed to served for the match at 5-3, and lead 40-15, but couldn't close it out. He lost the next four games to lose the match 6-7(7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. "It's awkward having to explain this loss because I feel like I should be doing the other press conference," Federer said afterwards.
"But it's what it is. It's the obvious, really. 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." “That's why we all watch sports, isn't it? Because we don't know the outcome and everybody has a chance, and until the very moment it can still turn.
That's what we love about the sport, but it's also very cruel and tough sometimes. It got me today. It hurts, but it's fine. Could be worse. It could be a final.” Djokovic will play Nadal for the title on Monday.