For nearly half a decade, the US Open witnessed something quite unusual. It was a proper blend of sheer brilliance and professional wizardry from a Swiss genius, Roger Federer. He put up a level of dominance and a grade of artistry that has arguably never been seen in the Open Era.
From 2004 to 2008, he swept clean the US Open; title after title. By 2008, it was a fifth consecutive crown for the man at the Flushing Meadows. Now 9 years after his last victory at the tournament, we take a look at the wonders he wrought.
In 2003, Federer entered the tournament ranked number two. He dropped only a single set as he breezed through the first three rounds. In the fourth round, he was again frustrated by his nemesis, Nalbandian who had defeated him in the previous tournament. It thwarted his goal of achieving the number one ranking.
Everything was about to change in the years that followed.
In 2004, the US Open experienced one of the most dominating displays in its history as Roger Federer breezed through including a masterclass display in the final to defeat Lleyton Hewitt, 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-0.
In 2005, he won the title again, defeating Andre Agassi in the final. Agassi in his post match interview said, “Pete (Sampras) was great, no question, but there was a place to get to with Pete. It could be on your terms. There’s no such place with Roger. I think he’s the best I’ve played against.” That was the level on which Federer was placed at that point in time. Outstanding.
He achieved outstanding success yet again in the 2006 and 2007 US Open tournaments, clinically dusting opponents to further cement his status as an all-time great.
In 2008, he breezed through to the fourth round without dropping a single set. He went on to defeat Andy Murray in the final, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2, to win his fifth straight US Open title and 13th career Grand Slam title. The man Federer!
Since then, Federer has reached the final twice, in 2009 and 2015, falling to defeat to Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic, respectively.
Federer missed the last year’s tournament as he was recuperating from a knee surgery, but the man is back this year. He’s 36 now, and having won two Grand Slams this year, he’d be eager to get back in action at the Flushing Meadows.
The US Open will be played Monday, August 28, through Sunday, Sept. 10. And we could once again witness the genius take on his opponents with the most ruthless of efficiencies.