Novak Djokovic closed out the grand slam campaign in style beating long time rival Roger Federer to claim the US Open , leaving the Serb a hair away from one of the greatest seasons of all-time.
The 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 victory gave Djokovic three of the year's four grand slam titles with a loss to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final his only blemish.
Although there was no way to tell how big his four-set loss to Wawrinka would be, it ended up denying the Serb a chance to join the men's calendar year grand slam club that includes just two members, Rod Laver (twice) and Don Budge.
"It's been an incredible season. Next to 2011 probably the best season of my life," said Djokovic, who won the same three grand slam titles in 2011.
2015 - Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2014 - Marin Cilic (Croatia)
2013 - Rafa Nadal (Spain)
2012 - Andy Murray (Britain)
2011 - Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2010 - Rafa Nadal (Spain)
2009 - JM del Potro (Argentina)
2008 - Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2007 - Roger Federer (Switzerland)
2006 - Roger Federer (Switzerland)
"But I'm enjoying this year more than any previous one because I'm a husband and I'm a father and that makes it even more sweeter. I love this sport."
It was the 10th career major for Djokovic but only his second US Open.
The 28-year-old Serb had known more frustration than success on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts having previously reached the final five times and lifting the trophy just once in 2011.
It was more grand slam misery for the 34-year-old Swiss who, for the second consecutive grand slam, reached the final only to be denied an 18th title by Djokovic.
"I had a wonderful last two weeks," Federer, who has been stuck on 17 grand slam title since 2012, said after competing in his first U.S. Open final in six years.
"I'm very pleased where my game's at. Being back in the finals is where you want to be. Playing against a great champion like Novak is a massive challenge and I enjoyed it. I thought it was a great match."
|Federer was playing in his first US Open final in six years [EPA]