2008  US OPEN          


ROGER FEDERER      v      ANDY MURRAY         

       6-2, 7-5, 6-2             


HE's Baaaaa-aaaack!  Federer's quest to recapture his former brilliant play was attained on Arthur Ashe court.

"I felt like I was invincible for a while again," said Federer, the only man in tennis history to win five straight titles at two major events.

He moved within one Grand Slam title of tying Pete Sampras' record of 14.

"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,"

Against Murray, he accumulated a 36-16 advantage in winners and won the point on 31 of 44 trips to the net.

His volleying might have been helped by his work winning a gold medal in doubles at the Beijing Olympics, a result he also credited with boosting his confidence.

Murray whose ranking rises to No. 4 stood about 10 feet behind the baseline to return serves,

exactly the way he did against Nadal in their two-day, rain-interrupted semifinal. Murray displayed flashes of the get-to-every-ball defense but Federer was

hitting his forehand so perfectly that if he had any time to set up, the ball was crushed for a winner.




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