Roger Federer Wins U.S. Open 2008 : On Monday, under the bright lights of New York, Roger Federer made history once again by claiming his 5th consecutive U.S. Open title, and his first Grand Slam tournament of the year. At 27-years-old, this (13th major) win places Federer just 1 shy of Pete Sampras ’ all-time record of 14 Grand Slam championships won.
The Swiss accomplished this feat by avoiding the No. 1 seeded, Rafael Nadal , whom has defeated him in two other Grand Slams this season. Instead, Federer took on the No. 6 seed, Andy Murray.
For the first time all season long, Federer showed his championship form, as he played like his old self, and overwhelmed Murray in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2.
Federer breezed in his US Open finals match against Murray, by winning 36-16 in winners.
A (much) humble Federer (than the one we are used to), spoke after his victory:
“I feel like a New Yorker, whatever that is… I always knew that if I were to get one Slam under my belt, especially the last one, things weren’t looking that bad, like everybody was talking about… One thing’s for sure I’m not going to stop at 13. That would be terrible… It’s nice to compare five U.S. Opens to five Wimbledons. Not many—nobody can do that.”