US OPEN 2004
Roger Federer v Lleyton Hewitt
6-0 7-6 (7-3) 6-0
World number one Roger Federer put on a punishing display of power tennis here Sunday to defeat Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6 (7/3), 6-0 in the US Open men's final.
The 23-year-old Swiss star became the first man since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three Grand Slam tournaments in a single season, following his triumphs at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
The last time two shutout sets were recorded in an Open championship match was in 1884.
"It's always important to play well in the matches that count the most," said Federer, 23, who also won at the Australian Open and Wimbledon to join Rod Laver (1969), Jimmy Connors (1974) and Mats Wilander (1988) as the only men in the Open era to win three Grand Slam titles in one season.
Federer, who is the first player in modern history to go 4-0 in major finals, came out swinging with his full arsenal of shots. Hitting lethal forehands and serves, cutting wicked slices and occasionally attacking the net, Federer kept 2001 Open champ Hewitt wondering what hit him. Hewitt didn't win a game until he was down 6-0, 2-0.
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