Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot to Scoville Jenkins of the United States during the first round of the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Aug. 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
NEW YORK -- Back at his best, back at the top, Roger Federer beat Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 Monday to win his fifth consecutive U.S. Open championship and 13th Grand Slam title overall.
Federer is the first man since Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win
the tournament that many times in a row. He also moved within one
major championship of tying Pete Sampras' career record of 14.
The victory might have come as a bit of a relief to Federer, who
has struggled during a lackluster-only-for-him season. He lost in
the semifinals at the Australian Open, and to nemesis Rafael Nadal
in the finals of the French Open and Wimbledon, meaning Federer was
on the verge of his first year since 2002 without a major title.
But Murray upset Nadal in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows to
reach his first Grand Slam final, and Federer had no trouble this