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Roger Federer won his fifth consecutive U.S Open yesterday as he beat Andy Murray in straight sets. They  squared off in an ATP event in March with Murray defeating  Federer in the opening round 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-4. However yesterdays outcome was different, as Federer became the first man to win five titles in a row at Arthur Ashe and Wimbledom Stadium (2002-2007). The Swiss born player also became the first man to win five straight U.S championships in the Open era. Bill Tilden won the event six straight times in the 1920’s.

Federer defeated the 21-year old Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. Murray was seeking to become the first Brit to win a Grand Slam title since 1936. The number fourth ranked player in the world challenged Federer but produced 20 less winners. Federer came to the net 44 times and was wearing out Murray during the 1-hour 51-minute match. He also converted 70% of his break points and net approaches.

Federer won his 13th Grand Slam and is within one of tying Pete Sampras’ record of 14.  Sampras won three majors after the age of 27, with the last coming in Flushing, NY at the US Open at age 31.  Federer became one of nine players 27 years or older to win a U.S. title since 1968. The last time he did not win at least one major in a year was in 2002. Before winning the U.S. Open he lost in the semis in the Australian Open. He was defeated in the finals by Rafael Nadal in both Wimbledon and the French Open. Nadal also ended Federer’s four-and-a-half-year stay at the No, 1 ranked player in the world last month. However, he finished the year strong by capturing another U.S. title and winning doubles gold for Switzerland in the Beijing Olympics.

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