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Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer to win US Open

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Novak Djokovic has beaten Roger Federer to win the US Open men's title for the second time.

Federer has been back to his best and enjoyed the almost complete backing of the American support, but Djokovic showed his determination again to win 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4.

After a four set match lasting three hours and 20 minutes, Djokovic turned to his box and pointed to his chest before commiserating his beaten opponent at the net.

"It's quite an incredible evening for me," he said.

"You can only give your best and I was trying to do that knowing he would be aggressive and not drop his level.

"He was always going to take the best out of me and I needed to do that to win this trophy."


Nadal throws away two-set lead to crash out of US Open

Nadal is out of the US Open. Credit: PA

Rafael Nadal's miserable year continued as the 14-time major champion threw away a two-set lead to lose to Italy's Fabio Fognini at the US Open.

Nadal outplayed Fognini for over an hour under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium but the Italian found a different gear as he came storming back to win 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4.

It means Nadal has only managed to reach two quarter-finals at grand slams this year and ends the season without a major title for the first time since 2004.

The Spaniard had been bullish about a return to form in the build-up to Flushing Meadows, insisting criticism had been exaggerated for a player still ranked number eight in the world.

Fognini, however, exposed his opponent's weaknesses with devastating efficiency, unleashing 70 winners - 34 of them forehands - during an exhilarating contest which lasted three hours and 46 minutes.

The match came to a climax in the fifth set as the pair exchanged seven consecutive breaks of serve and a series of thrilling points, which had the remaining crowd applauding on their feet.

Leading 5-4, Fognini finally held serve to seal victory and the world number 30 will now face Spain's Feliciano Lopez for a place in the quarter-finals.

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