Masterful: Novak Djokovic completes historic set of titles

Rex Christensen
August 20, 2018

Novak Djokovic gave his racket to a fan and tossed his sweatbands into the stands.

No need for mementos. The long-awaited Rookwood pottery trophy would be plenty.

Federer, meanwhile, lost a final in the hardcourt US Open tuneup for the first time. He's the first to claim all nine ATP Masters 1000 events since the series started in 1990, something that had become his quest after so many close calls.

Federer said: "Congratulations to Novak for your fantastic effort not just this week, but throughout your whole career, it is an wonderful achievement". 'He's the first to do it. These performances don't come easy'.

Djokovic leads their all-time series 24-22, doing much better in the biggest matches.

Victory also completes an incredible sweep for Djokovic as he has now won all Masters events, all Grand Slams and all World Tour Finals.

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Wimbledon champion Djokovic claimed his Masters record on his first match point and now heads to the US Open as a title favorite after several seasons of dismal form and an elbow injury which required surgical intervention. Djokovic played a great tennis from the beginning to the end, showing to be in a very good physical shape despite he had three tough three-sets matches against the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, the Canadian Milos Raonic and the Croatian Marin Cilic.

"This seems to be a bit unreal, to be honest, to be back at this level, " said Djokovic.

Federer's serve had been untouchable all week - held for 46 consecutive games.

Federer broke for a 2-0 lead in the second set but gave the break back immediately as he double faulted to give Djokovic a break point which the Serb promptly converted.

Federer's game was off - 28 unforced errors - and Djokovic took full advantage.

But it began to unravel as the Swiss double-faulted to yield a break point, dropping serve as Djokovic moved ahead 4-3.

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