9 Sep 2008

Federer wins another one

11:29 am on 9 September 2008

Roger Federer has won his 13th Grand Slam tennis crown and fifth consecutive US Open title, beating British sixth seed Andy Murray in straight sets to move one Slam title shy of the all-time record.

Swiss second seed Federer stretched his US Open match win streak to 34, his last loss at Flushing Meadows coming to David Nalbandian in the fourth round of 2003, and took home the top prize of 2.2 million dollars.

Federer's 56th career crown moved him into sole possession of second place on the all-time Slam title list, one more than Roy Emerson and one below the career record 14 won by Pete Sampras.

It was the 13th title in 38 Slam events for Federer, five fewer Slams than it took Sampras to capture his 13th major title.

After losing this year's Wimbledon and French Open finals and his number one ranking to Spain's Rafael Nadal, 27-year-old Federer's aura of invincibility had dimmed but his victory today served notice he still remains a force in the sport.

Federer became the first man to win five Slams in a row at two different events, having also completed the feat last year at Wimbledon. No one had won five US titles in a row since Bill Tilden in 1924.

Murray joined a victims list for Federer in US Open finals that also includes Australian Lleyton Hewitt in 2004, Americans Andre Agassi in 2005 and Andy Roddick in 2006 and Serbian Novak Djokovic last year.

The 21-year-old Scotsman would have been the first British man to win a Grand Slam since Fred Perry captured the 1936 US Open and the first Briton of either sex to win a Slam singles title since Virginia Wade won at Wimbledon in 1977.

Murray will jump to fourth in the rankings to match the top British mark.