Federer beats Murray for fifth US Open title

September 9th, 2008 - 6:51 am ICT by IANS  

New York, Sep 9 (IANS) Roger Federer Monday won his fifth consecutive US Open title and 13th Grand Slam crown, defeating British sixth seed Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 in an hour and 51 minutes here at Flushing Meadows. Federer is now only one Slam away from the all-time career record of 14 of Pete Sampras of the US. He is the first man since American Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win the championship five times in a row.

The victory must have come as a big relief to the Swiss who had a tough time this year and came to the US Open without a Grand Slam title for the first time.

He had lost to Novak Djokovic in the semis at the Australian Open and then was a beaten finalist to Rafael Nadal at the French Open and Wimbledon. However, the victory would not make him World Number One.

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