2007 US Open Tennis Winners | US Open Odds
The Swiss maestro was unusually nervous at the start of the challenge but slowly found form to beat the 20-year-old Serb, who missed a total of seven set points.
"I think straight sets was a bit brutal for Novak, to be honest," said Federer. "He deserved better than that. He’s had a fantastic run, not only in this tournament, but the entire year."
Federer is now the first man ever to win both Wimbledon and the US Open in four consecutive years, and he is the first champion since Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win the US Open in four straight years.
The top-ranked men’s singles player is now only two Grand Slam titles away from Pete Sampras’ record 14 titles.
Justine Henin trounced Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1 6-3, in what can only be described as a display of sheer brilliance. The 25-year-old Belgian and current world number one dominated from the very first ball, and just did not give the Russian a look-in.
Although Henin was the run-away favourite with a 14-2 record against Kuznetsova, the final was all the more disappointing as it turned out to be a ‘no contest’. This was not due to a poor performance from the Russian, but rather an exhibition of genius on the part of Henin.
Henin has won the US Open once before, in 2003 and can now add another Grand Slam title to her bevy of six Grand Slams wins. "It’s such a great feeling – my first win four years ago was an amazing memory and this is just fantastic," said the 2007 US Open tennis winner.
The men’s doubles event was claimed by Julian Knowle of Austria and Simon Aspelin of Sweden. They defeated the Czech tandem of Lukas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner in two sets, 7-5 6-4, handing them their first ever Grand Slam title.
The Knowle/Aspelin victory was even more remarkable as they have only been together for a single year and the US Open was only their third major event.
The hapless Chinese had no answer to the court craft and skill of Dechy and Safina, who were playing their first ever tournament together. Earlier in the year the Chinese had suffered a defeat at the hands of Black and Huber at the Australian Open.
The Belarus duo of Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi claimed their first Grand Slam title when they beat the more experienced pairing of America’s Meghann Shaughnessy and Leander Paes of India, 6-4 7-6(6).
It was first-time lucky for the 18-year-old Azarenka, but Mirnyi has had a taste of the big time when he paired up with Serena Williams to win the mixed doubles at both the US Open and Wimbledon in 1998.
Can Federer and Henin repeat their victories in 2008?