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Summary

  1. Djokovic beats Federer 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4
  2. Djokovic wins third Grand Slam title of 2015, 10th in total
  3. Play started at 00:20 BST after more than three hour rain delay
  4. GB's Jordanne Whiley wins women's wheelchair singles title

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    And with that, we bid you farewell. Novak Djokovic reigns supreme, having claimed his third Grand Slam title of 2015. For Roger Federer, the wait for that elusive 18th Major goes on.

    We'll be back for Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Australia on Friday. See you then.

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    Novak Djokovic

    There's the money shot for the Djokovic family album. Another lovely bit of tin for the Serb's increasingly groaning mantlepiece...

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    Well, where does this put Novak Djokovic in the conversation for greatest of all time? He is now on 10 Grand Slam titles, level with Bill Tilden, and one behind Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver. He was one match away from completing the calendar Grand Slam - closer than Serena, as it turned out. He is a magnificent tennis player.

  4. Player reaction

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 Federer

    Champion Novak Djokovic: "I'm enjoying this year more than I did any previous one because I'm a husband and a father and that makes it sweeter. I love this sport and all these results and achievements are incentive for me to keep on going. I am going to try to enjoy this victory as much as I can."

  5. Player reaction

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 Federer

    Champion Novak Djokovic: "I have to share my admiration for Roger and what he is doing. He is still improving and I have tremendous respect for him and the challenge he is presenting. Knowing you are playing the best player ever, I knew I needed to play my best in order to win this trophy and it's a quite incredible evening for me."

    Novak Djokovic
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  7. Player reaction

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 Federer

    Last night we heard US Open women's singles champion Flavia Pennetta announce her retirement during her post-match interview on court. Federer couldn't steal Novak's thunder by doing the same - could he?

    "Everyone keeps challenging me and I love the sport. I'll see you back here next year," says the 34-year-old 17-time Grand Slam winner.

    Phew.

  8. Player reaction

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 Federer

    Beaten finalist Roger Federer on his rivalry with Novak Djokovic: "It has been a good rivalry - but maybe not tonight! It is always tough playing one another and I think we both walk away from it knowing more about our games and more about each other."

  9. Player reaction

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 Federer

    Beaten finalist Roger Federer: "It felt great to be back in the US Open final, I've had a wonderful two weeks. I'm pleased with where my game is at and being back in the final is where I want to be. But playing a great champion like Novak is always difficult. Congratulations Novak on a great win."

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    Meanwhile, Roger Federer sits on his chair, a faraway look in his eyes. He had his chances, so many chances. 23 break points, only four of them taken.

    Roger Federer
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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "What an effort from Novak. That match epitomises him. He's up because Roger was nervous then Roger plays faultless tennis, he's down in the third set, with whole crowd against him and he comes back with three straight games. He just fights and fights and fights. If you're determination is stronger than your opponent's then you don't have to be as talented as them."

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    Djokovic lets out a primal roar. He had to battle a crowd who almost vilified him for daring to take on Roger Federer, but he came out on top. Has there ever been a player so mentally strong? He clambers up to his box and shares an embrace with Boris Becker and the rest of his entourage.

    Novak Djokovic
  14. Whiley wins first Grand Slam

    And Britain's Jordanne Whiley has rounded off the US Open with her first Grand Slam title. The 23-year-old beat doubles partner Yui Kamiji 6-4 0-6 6-1 in the women's wheelchair singles final.

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    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at Flushing Meadows

    "The crowd may not love Djokovic like they love Federer and Nadal but boy they must respect him."

  16. Djokovic beats Federer to win the US Open

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 Federer

    He's done it! Federer floats the backhand long. You can only doff your cap to Novak Djokovic. He may not be loved like Roger Federer, but he is one helluva tennis player. Nerves of steel, limbs of elastic and the heart of a lion.

    Novak Djokovic
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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-4 Federer

    Into the net from Federer! Championship point...

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    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at Flushing Meadows

    "A woman wearing Roger Federer colours in front of us sobs uncontrollably. He has that sort of effect on people."

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-4 Federer

    Federer hits a sizzling backhand to set up another break point, but again Djokovic sees it off...

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-4 Federer

    A mishit return from Federer turns out perfectly as it sets him up for a majestic backhand pass! Two break points. A superb second serve into the body from Djokovic recovers one of them. and he saves the next with a big serve. Deuce...

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    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at Flushing Meadows

    "Everybody inside Ashe is on their feet. You could not make this up."

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-4 Federer

    Big serve from Djokovic, and he puts away a clinical forehand. 15-0. He sets up the next point perfectly, but puts his forehand wide of the sideline. 15-15. Federer finds the baseline and Djokovic nets! 15-30.

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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The first thing that Novak is thinking is 'I have lost my insurance break but if I was guaranteed to be in this position of serving for the title last night would I sign that contract? Yes I would'. He will be positive and gamble on himself to win. If no-one else wants him to win then so what? He can go and buy himself a banana split afterwards."

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-4 Federer

    Djokovic gulps down some water. The crowd chant 'Federer, Federer!' It's like something out of Rocky...

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-4 Federer

    The juices are flowing again for Roger Federer. Thundering down booming serves, picking off the returns with graceful swing volleys. He seals the game with a super cross-court forehand. Can Federer produce a miracle? Can Djokovic keep his composure? Can we ever go to bed?

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    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at Flushing Meadows

    "People are on their feet. Some are bowing at Roger Federer. He is not giving up yet."

  28. Federer breaks

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-3 Federer

    Djokovic saves one with an ace, but he can't save the second! Federer knifes a volley over the net that stops on a sixpence. He's not done yet!

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-2 Federer

    Oh my lord. That is absolutely majestic from Roger Federer. A picturesque no-look backhand off his shoelaces gives him two break-back points...

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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The crowd came to watch that brilliance from Federer, but they are also finding out the resilience and elasticity of Novak - and why he is number one in the world."

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    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at Flushing Meadows

    "If this crowd don't get on their feet for Novak Djokovic after that lob then they are not human. He has worn Roger Federer down. That was an unbelievable return down the line - the hard work is done now for Novak Djokovic."

  33. Djokovic breaks

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 5-2 Federer

    Federer has now racked up 52 unforced errors, compared to 17 in his semi-final against Stan Wawrinka. As the hard-bitten detectives used to say on the police shows of my youth, the numbers don't lie.

    Djokovic is closing in now, charging towards his target like a rampaging bull. He gets Federer scurrying back with an inch-perfect lob, and Federer can't make the smash. Deuce. Federer nets with a forehand, and then sees a stunning laser-guided return flash past him. Is this match done? Federer needs a miracle now...

    Novak Djokovic
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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is not one of those matches that didn't live up to the hype. It has been an insane level. I don't think Federer has ever been three for 18 on break point conversions. I think that is a new mark."

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 4-2 Federer

    This match is all about one big question now: will Novak Djokovic blink? The Serb is usually remorseless in the home straight, but he's still not finding it easy to hold serve here.

    Federer pins him in the corner with a heavy forehand and forces the Serb to net. One sits up off the tape and gives Federer an easy putaway for 15-30. But Federer can't defend the net - a superb Djokovic pass gets Federer diving vainly like an England goalkeeper in a penalty shoot-out. 30-30. Djoko goes wide with a backhand, and it's break point. Can Federer take his chance? No! Federer sets up the point, but he can't find the sideline with his forehand. Two big serves from Djokovic, and he marches onward.

  36. Whiley loses set two

    Back in the women's wheelchair singles final and Britain's Jordanne Whiley is munching on a bagel, having being thrashed in set two by her doubles partner Yui Kamiji.

    However, Whiley, playing in her first Grand Slam final, has hit back to win the first two games of the decider and leads 6-4 0-6 2-0.

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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "You feel like Federer is going to get one more chance in this match - it is almost inevitable. Novak is not serving with ease, he has only had three easy holds and only one ace to Roger's 10. So Roger is getting chances to play at these points but his forehand has gone south. He is playing three well then the fourth one is like he is trying to take someone out in the first row."

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 3-2 Federer

    If you're Eva Asderaki's optician, you don't need to send that letter reminding the chair umpire to book in for an eye test. She is having an absolute blinder so far - another sharp over-rule on the baseline helps Federer to a steadying hold.

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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Djokovic walked over to his towel after winning that game like he was going to take a big spoonful of chocolate mousse. He walked over to that ballboy, like he was saying 'this is my time now'."

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 3-1 Federer

    Not sure you'd get away with 'deSABRised' on Countdown, Jeff, but we'll let you have it, despite it having 10 letters. Now, somehow, Federer must find a way to kill off the New York crowd's favourite baddie, but at the moment his weapons aren't making any impression on the Serb's bulletproof body-armour. One forehand disappears weakly into the net, another pings back past him off the racket of the number one seed. A double fault and a flashing backhand from Federer give him a chink of light at 40-30, but Djokovic, seemingly reinvigorated by the sight of the finish line, smashes a clean forehand winner to close the door.

    Novak Djokovic
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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Federer has been deSABRised and I think he wanted a bit more pay off from that shot. He hasn't tried it for a while but it is his second serve costing him - if he misses that first serve he is missing more than half on his second serve. It is eating him alive."

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 2-1 Federer

    Federer won't just be blown away like a crisp packet in the wind, though. The Swiss will make Djokovic fight for this all the way to the finish line, and he gets himself on the board, and gives the crowd something to shout about in the fourth set, with a no-nonsense hold.

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 2-0 Federer

    Half an hour ago Roger Federer looked like he was in charge of this match and Novak Djokovic looked like his legs had turned to jelly. But the Serb can wrest the momentum of a tennis match like no-one else. Now it's 34-year-old Federer who looks like he might be running on empty.

    Roger Federer

    He has Djokovic on the ropes at 30-30, but again overcooks a forehand. He gets a good look down the line on the next point, but he can't make it, and now he's really swimming against the tide.

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    Wollaston Tennis:  A key statistic has been the number of break points saved by Djokovic. He is making it so hard for Federer to get over the line.

    Martin Daniels:  Djokovic defensive skills really on show now as Fed goes on the attack. Sets up break points.

    Abhisek Gupta:  Federer just couldn't force the issue when most needed. It's hard to see Federer taking two sets in a row from determined Djokovic.

  46. Djokovic breaks

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 1-0 Federer

    It's worth mentioning that not only is Novak Djokovic displaying incredible resilience against arguably the greatest player in tennis history, he's also having to contend with a New York crowd who could hardly be more partisan, whooping and hollering their approval at every error from the Serb's racket.

    Federer is giving Djokovic a look at too many baseline rallies at the moment. More bludgeoning groundstrokes from the Serb open up two break points. Federer saves those two, but he can't fend off a third. It's advantage Djokovic at the start of the fourth set.

    Fans cheer on Roger Federer
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    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "Greek umpire Eva Asderaki was already having a good night, but the first woman to chair a men's US Open final plays a blinder with a correct overrule on break point for Federer.

    "Asderaki was the umpire who fell foul of Serena Williams's temper in the 2011 final, and was called "ugly on the inside" by the American after a controversial call for hindrance. She is widely regarded as one of the best in the business though, and proving it tonight. So far..."

    Greek umpire Eva Asderaki
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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Federer was up 4-3 and lost three games in a row. You can look at why and you will see a lot of shanked forehands, some miscues on first serves. Everybody gets nervous. As Stefan Edberg used to always say - it is how you deal with it. I feel Novak has been cool in the big moments while Roger's eyeballs have been popping out. And popping out eyeballs cause errors."

  50. Djokovic wins third set

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 6-4 Federer

    It's gladiatorial stuff this: the silky shotmaking of Federer versus the iron will of Djokovic. It's the Swiss who seizes the initiative at the start of this crucial game, a heavy backhand forcing Djokovic to net. 15-30. And then he drags the Serb around the court, forcing him to go long. Two break points. What has Djoko got in the locker?

    He conjures a big ace down the T. 30-40. Then a huge rally ends with an overrule from the chair in favour of Djokovic! Drama. Federer immediately challenges. Sweaty-palm time for Eva Asderaki, but she's spot on. Deuce. Federer then dumps a tame slice into the net, and it's set point. Mrs Djokovic is on her feet. Federer sends a backhand into the trams, and Djokovic is one set away.

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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "How quickly things can turn. From Roger getting so close to breaking at 4-3, Novak holds, Roger is up 40-15 and he coughs up three errors."

  53. Djokovic breaks

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 5-4 Federer

    Now, can Djokovic exert a little bit of pressure on the Federer serve? At 40-15, it appears not, but a forehand winner from Serb extends the game and then the number one seed takes advantage of a hesitant smash from Federer to claw his way back into the game. Deuce. Federer mishits a forehand, then plants a backhand into the tramlines and Novak will serve for it.

    Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer
  54. Whiley in charge

    Away from the tension on Ashe, Britain's Jordanne Whiley has won the first set of her wheelchair singles final 6-4 against her doubles partner Yui Kamiji of Japan.

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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Novak with a little wry smile after that hold. But it almost gives the sense that he needs to go back into his hyperbaric chamber for a little bit."

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 4-4 Federer

    Federer, remember, has only once beaten Djokovic from a set down. But the world number one looks weary, a few streaks of red around the edges of those flinty assassin's eyes. However, there are glimpses of the old Djokovic magic in this game, as a couple of elastic-limbed sliding forehands take him to 40-0 up.

    Suddenly though, the mistakes creep back in to the Serb's game, like burglars stealing through an unlocked garden gate. A netted backhand allows Federer to get back to deuce, and then he flashes one into the tramlines to give Federer break point. Can he take it? No - he nets a forehand. But a couple of Djokovic errors, one forced by a heavy Federer forehand, give Fed a second chance. However, this one too goes by, saved by Djokovic with a big forehand. Back to deuce, and this time the Serb digs himself out of trouble, a Federer mishit sealing the game.

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 3-4 Federer

    At the start of this match, it seemed that Djokovic was threatening in every Federer service game. Not any more. The Serb's mind has gone walkabout, and a few half-hearted errors give the Swiss maestro another easy hold.

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 3-3 Federer

    How can Djokovic respond? Is the Serb's famously granite-like mental resolve finally beginning to show a few cracks? It certainly looks that way as a double fault puts him in a hole at 0-30. Two good first serves drag him back to 30-30, before Federer balloons a rather flamboyant backhand over the baseline. Careless. Another one disappears long to hand Djokovic a very important hold.

    Novak Djokovic
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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 2-3 Federer

    The New York crowd is going absolutely bananas for Federer, and the Swiss responds, racing through a double-quick love hold with some pinpoint serving. Less than a minute on the clock that one...

    Roger Federer
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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "So interesting that the camera went onto Stefan Edberg there. Because Edberg used to say to me, 'do you ever wait for your opponent to self-break?' That's what Novak Djokovic did right there - self-broke."

  64. Federer breaks back

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 2-2 Federer

    Federer's ball-striking is cleaner and crisper than a pair of newly-ironed cricketer's whites. A brilliantly constructed point ends with Djokovic slicing into the tramlines. Break point, and the Serb nets a backhand. It's gonna be a long night...

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 2-1 Federer

    That's the thing about Djokovic, he's so durable. Just as in the Wimbledon final, he recovers from the spirit-sapping loss of the second set to grab an early break in the third. It's harder to loosen his grip on a Grand Slam final than it is to prise a Rottweiler's jaws off a postman's leg.

    Can the Serb consolidate that break? A wild forehand gives Federer a sniff at 15-30, but a big serve and a vicious two-hander down the line gives Djokovic game point. But he can't take it. Deuce.

    Federer tries to play on Djokovic's patience with a series of high backhand slices, but the Serb picks his moment well to unleash a huge backhand. But then he double faults. On we go...

    Novak Djokovic
  66. GB's Reid wins wheelchair title

    Thought the chance of a Briton winning a Grand Slam title this weekend had disappeared down the drain with Andy Murray's premature exit and his brother Jamie's defeat in the doubles final? Think again.

    Gordon Reid has just won the men's wheelchair doubles final with France's Stephane Houdet. They beat the all-French team of Michael Jeremiasz and Nicolas Peifer 6-3 6-1 in 66 minutes.

    Fellow Brit Jordanne Whiley is playing in her first Slam final today, against her doubles partner Yui Kamiji in the US Open wheelchair women's singles.

    Whiley is trailing 4-3 in the first set, with both players having broken serve once.

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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "That really hurts Roger's momentum - he had the advantage starting this set by serving but Novak has been able to take full swings on his forehand returns. Roger is trying to vary his game too much while he has momentum."

  69. Djokovic breaks

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 2-1 Federer

    The Federer forehand is cooking on gas. He's taking the ball so early, latching onto the ball on the rise and pummeling it into the corner with the velocity of a bullet train. But all of a sudden, from 40-15 up, the momentum shifts as Federer dumps a second serve into the net and is then outduelled in a crosscourt rally. Deuce. And then a wild backhand into the trams suddenly gives Djoko break point. And would you believe it, Federer cracks with a forehand wide. Where did that come from?

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    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 1-1 Federer

    Federer couldn't have more momentum behind him right now if you strapped a jet-pack to his back and fired him out of a cannon. And perhaps more importantly, he's inside Djokovic's head. An approach to the net draws a wild attempted pass that brings up 15-30. On the next point, Federer once again activates SABR and seizes control of the point, but then he dumps a simple volley into the net. And then he does the exact same thing again, to yelps of anguish from the New York crowd. Djoko closes the game with a big forehand winner.

    Novak Djokovic
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    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent at Flushing Meadows

    "I think the crowd have overstepped the mark in their support for Federer. It is very hostile towards Djokovic. The noise is amazing but I don't think you should be applauding first serves into the net. Apart from Davis Cup matches, I've never heard hostility like it."

  73. Post update

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 0-1 Federer

    The Federer forehand is so smooth right now that it could land its own shampoo commercials. A glorious stroke up the line seals a comfortable hold to 15. Now, what has Novak got?

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    Thanks, JJ. Don't worry folks, we're not kicking him out of the office - it would take a flinty heart to send him into the night when the action is this good. Here we go in the third set, Federer to serve...

    Roger Federer
  76. Post update

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 Federer

    Deja vu anyone? It is like the Wimbledon final all over. Djoko takes the first set, Federer levels. I need a lie down. Here's James Gheerbrant to talk you through the next couple of sets...

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    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "What we do know is that if anybody can withstand the disappointment of a long second-set loss, it's Novak Djokovic."

  78. Game and second set - Federer

    Djokovic 6-4 5-7 Federer

    Federer knows that, like in the last Djokovic service game, he could sign, seal and deliver this second set with a break here. And it is a cracking start for the Swiss second seed, nudging 0-15 ahead after a wayward Djokovic backhand, then puts his nose back in front at 15-30.

    Another long Djokovic backhand hands two set points to Federer as the noise increases inside Ashe. Federer is scrambling across the baseline, returning everything that Djokovic throws at him. The problem is that Djokovic is doing the exactly same, Federer eventually shanking one long.

    Fourth set point for Federer - can he take it? Yes he can! Federer varies his attack before dealing the killer blow with a brutal cross court backhand that Djokovic, for once, cannot guide back. Game on!

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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was a big emotional recovery, because at 15-30 down that could have gotten ugly fast for Federer. But he just stood there and Swissly recovered."

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    *Djokovic 6-4 5-6 Federer

    A few fingernails are being chewed while watching this match - and that is just in our office. This time, Federer finds himself in a spot of bother at 15-30, but finds a burst of energy to wrestle the game back in his favour after a trio of Djokovic errors.

    Roger Federer
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    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Federer has thrown the kitchen sink at Djokovic and Djokovic has just shrugged it off. How do you beat this man?"

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    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "That game has uncorked the bottle on Ashe, where the crowd is now unashamedly pro-Federer in a big way. It's like a Davis Cup atmosphere when they cheer a Djokovic serve landing in the net, and there are a few boos when the Serb celebrates winning a point. Harsh, to say the least.

    "Djokovic has had his run-ins with the crowd already this tournament and raises a defiant fist on his way to holding. Feisty stuff."

  84. Djokovic holds

    Djokovic 6-4 5-5 Federer*

    Is anything going to separate this pair in this crucial game? They have already been duelling for a full 15 minutes. After a seventh deuce, Djokovic levers himself into a winning position, wrapping up a must hold when Federer - probably mentally fatigued after this humdinger of a game - misjudges a return and sends the ball pinging past the baseline.

  85. Federer misses two set points

    *Djokovic 6-4 4-5 Federer

    Federer saves a game point with a forehand winner down the line and then sees a set point land in his lap as Djokovic is to keen with a forehand. The crowd groans as he lets that one slip, but then...wait! Federer has a second set point after crunching a dreamy backhand past the Serb. Tense. Even Mrs Federer can barely watch....

    Her beau makes an error though, trying to drill a crunching forehand into the corner but going long. More sighs around Ashe. That's the chink of light Djokovic needs to stick his nose back in front, only to waste his own opportunity to hold. On to deuce number six...

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    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Federer had a total sitter there and he had a brain cramp. Why didn't he put it into the open court?"

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    *Djokovic 6-4 4-5 Federer

    And that big point goes to Djokovic - Federer somehow contriving hit a smash straight back at Djokovic and then palm a volley into the tramline. Djokovic celebrates like he just scored the winning goal in an FA Cup final, jumping at least four feet off of the blue acrylic court and swinging his right arm in the air. But then he fails to regain his cool, becoming hot under the collar with a long forehand...deuce.

    Novak Djokovic
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    *Djokovic 6-4 4-5 Federer

    Djokovic is not in the mood to hand over any bow-tied gifts to his old foe though. The Serb pounds forward on the offensive, volley into a 15-0 lead at the net, before drawing Federer into a baseline showdown. Federer draws first, going big down the line with a forehand - too big, however.

    The Ashe crowd find their vocal chords when Djokovic spanks into the net for 30-15, the umpire appealing for quiet. The Fed Heads lose their minds when a failed drop-shot from Djokovic hits the tape..30-30. Big point here...

  89. Post update

    *Djokovic 6-4 4-5 Federer

    "Come on Rogerrrrr," growls one deep New York-accented voice as Federer finds himself under the pump at 30-30. But the Swiss second seed, sweaty hair flopping over his white headband, constructs a gritty point when he needs it, finishing Djokovic off with a smash. Then he wraps up a potentially-decisive hold when Djokovic cannot control a backhand. What Federer would do now for a break of serve...

  90. Post update

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "This match is feeling, from Federer's perspective, a little too much like the last two Wimbledon finals that these two have played."

  91. Post update

    Djokovic 6-4 4-4 Federer*

    Both players are clinging to their service games like toddlers clinging on to their favourite teddy bears. Neither is giving it up without a fight. Another rapid hold from Djokovic means there is barely a cigarette paper of difference between these two in this second set.

    Roger Federer
  92. Post update

    *Djokovic 6-4 3-4 Federer

    Now, can Djokovic survive another brutal attack by the Federer serve? In one word...no. The Swiss holds to love again, finding his range with his first serve to keep the Serb in trouble. Federer has landed 64% of his first serves, with a win percentage of 93% coming from them. Impressive. But can he make an impression on Djokovic's serve? Let's find out...

    Roger Federer
  93. Post update

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  95. Post update

    Djokovic 6-4 3-3 Federer*

    Djokovic is the sort of sportsman who makes the sensational shots look pretty routine. He dashes back across the baseline to wallop a wonderful backhand winner past Federer's eyeline, setting up the hold which is confirmed when the Swiss drills a forehand into the net.

    Novak Djokovic
  96. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Roger was nervous and tight in that first set - he wasn't able to use his attack at the right times. But now he's playing his best tennis."

  97. Post update

    *Djokovic 6-4 2-3 Federer

    Federer, like a swatted wasp, stings back into life as he tries to hurt Djokovic for attacking him in that previous game. The Swiss blasts through another service game to love, now winning the last eight points on his ball toss.

  98. Post update

    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Djokovic has found Federer's kryptonite. That's how you beat Superman when he flies into the net. This final has come alive."

  99. Post update

    Djokovic 6-4 2-2 Federer*

    Roger Federer goes on the attack again, trying to catch out Djokovic at 0-15 with that not-so-sneaky gallop to the net. Try again my friend, says Novak. The Serb lobs a scrumptious return straight over his rival's head and mere millimetres away from his outstretched racquet. Indeed Federer does try again - and guess what? Djokovic pings another inch-perfect lob over his head. Simply brilliant.

  100. Post update

    *Djokovic 6-4 1-2 Federer

    Excellent stuff from Federer, who cruises through a rapid hold. Bish, bash, crash, wallop. Four meaty service points are too hot for Djokovic to handle and the Serb has his racquet sizzled.

  101. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Federer is trying to pull Novak in on the big points, but Novak is going to his forehand. Emotionally, the way those two players played that game, that felt more like the end of the set."

  102. Post update

    Djokovic 6-4 1-1 Federer*

    Novak Djokovic breathes a huge sigh of relief - and it is well deserved. The top seed, possibly the greatest defender that tennis has ever seen, manages to hold Federer's assault, picking himself up to hold.

    Novak Djokovic
  103. Post update

    *Djokovic 6-4 0-1 Federer

    By the way, even Jelena Djokovic - Novak's missus - seemed to enjoy the SABR. She was grinning away, but she's not laughing anymore as Federer chalks up a fourth break point. Her man manages to save that one, then fends off a fifth break point with a simply stunning crosscourt forehand winner. How he generated the power to dig that winner is beyond me....

    Jelena Djokovic
  104. Post update

    *Djokovic 6-4 0-1 Federer

    *SABR alert* For, I think, the first time we see the much-talked about SABR (Sneak Attack By Roger). Federer bounds up from the baseline on Djokovic's second serve, meeting it at the service line with an inch-perfect backhand that lands on the very edge of the Serb's baseline. That gives Federer the momentum, Djokovic looking rather, er, sneaked, and propels the Swiss into a position where he has three break points in his grasp.

    Two are spurned, however, with Ashe finding their voice to cheer Federer to victory on the third chance. Oh no! He can't take it, wafting a backhand into the net after an intense rally. Deuce...

  105. Post update

    *Djokovic 6-4 0-1 Federer

    A first fistpump of the evening from Federer as he leaps high into the New York night to smash a Djokovic lob down into the hard court and level at 15-15. A better first serve from Federer follows, the Swiss setting up a short ball which he punishes for 30-15. The heavyweight pair trade jabs for 40-30 before Federer, almost unbelievably, double faults. There's a shocked hush around Ashe.

    After a wicked forehand winner, Federer blows a game point, before adopting a more patient approach at the next deuce, luring Djokovic into a wild backhand. then he cleans up with another crunching forehand winner into the corner.

    Roger Federer
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  107. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It almost looked like Roger was resigned there. He needed to back off the baseline, play some longer balls, stay a bit more patient, but he's staying the course as to what his gameplan is, which is to go for the lightning strike."

  108. Post update

    Djokovic 6-4 0-0 Federer*

    That is the first set that Federer has dropped at Flushing Meadows this year. Now he has the ball in his hand as he looks to go about rectifying this sticky situation he finds himself in.

  109. Game and first set - Djokovic

    Djokovic 6-4 Federer

    Easy peasy. Novak Djokovic's serve is untroubled by Federer who coughs up a trio of unforced errors to hand three set points to the world number one. And the Serb snaffles the first one as another Federer mistake - his 16th of the match - puts Djokovic a set up.

  110. Post update

    *Djokovic 5-4 Federer

    And that means Novak Djokovic must now try to win the opening set on his own terms...

    Novak Djokovic
  111. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Both players are visibly nervous. Why wouldn't they be - this is a Grand Slam final, this is where all the marbles are. But Roger is a little bit more nervous than the Djoker, and that's costing him right now. He has to play the tennis of his life to get back into this set."

  112. Federer saves set point

    *Djokovic 5-4 Federer

    The Ashe crowd scream and gasp as the two men dance around the blue acrylic with more poise and grace than a pair of Strictly contestants. Djokovic thumps a backhand volley past his great rival for 30-30 before a Federer error gives him set point. But Federer, as he so often does, rediscovers his potent first serve when it matters, pinning back Djokovic and forcing the Serb into a trio of mistakes that swings the game back in his favour.

    Roger Federer
  113. Djokovic saves break point

    Djokovic 5-3 Federer*

    Djokovic targets the Federer backhand on that break point, the Swiss player fending off those probes with a couple of defensive prods back down the line. But a third goes long and the break point is saved. Djokovic crashes down a smash to move closer to the hold and closes out the game with a forehand winner. Djokovic is another break from the first set....

    Novak Djokovic
  114. Post update

    *Djokovic 4-3 Federer

    The last time Djokovic broke Federer's serve, the Swiss maestro hit straight back. On this occasion he nudges 0-15 ahead, then throws everything at the Serb as he tries to find a chink in his armoury. But Djokovic's defence cannot be beaten, returning everything that the Swiss has to offer.

    But then...Novak double faults at 30-15 and then misses a gimme of a forehand, going long, to give Federer a break point....

  115. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "The Bond theme makes its annual appearance over the PA as Sean Connery appears on the big screen, the former 007 back for his regular visit to finals day. Of course next year it could be Idris Elba. Or maybe Tom Hardy.

    "Meanwhile, Federer is paying the price for a first-serve percentage of just 47% against the best returner of the game."

    Sean Connery
  116. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Federer is almost playing all-or-nothing. He's already made 10 unforced errors, and that's got to clear up. Djokovic is doing a good job of giving Federer different paces so he can't get into his groove."

  117. Djokovic breaks

    *Djokovic 4-3 Federer

    Federer cruises into a 30-0 lead on his serve - but then the game goes south for the Swiss. First he is too keen with a forehand from the baseline, then seems to mistime his usual glide towards the net as he volleys into the tape. Another rogue backhand hands another break point to Djokovic - his seventh of the match already - and the Serb whacks a wonderful backhand winner down the line to clinch the second of those chances.

    Roger Federer
  118. Post update

    Djokovic 3-3 Federer*

    I hope Djokovic's trainer has some antiseptic cream in his bag. That's what I apply to my tender knees after I've been chopped down on the astroturf football pitch. A dreamy backhand winner down the line by Federer gives him a sniff at 30-15, but Novak ups the ante, sealing the hold with his first ace of the match.

    Novak Djokovic
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  120. Post update

    *Djokovic 2-3 Federer

    Novak Djokovic

    A lot of the pre-match chat talked about how the supreme Federer serve would be dealt with by solid defender Djokovic. Not very well on this occasion. Federer rattles through the service in some style, holding to love, before Djokovic calls on the trainer to tend to a weeping graze on his right wrist and another on his forearm. The Serb looks a little ruffled by that fall.

  121. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I would have taken a little break there. He's sweating and the sweat is dripping into those cuts, and those no way you can concentrate with that sting. I'm not sure he'll be allowed to continue if he's bleeding that much."

  122. Federer breaks back

    Djokovic 2-2 Federer*

    Novak Djokovic

    What sort of response can Federer muster? A decent one. He goes 0-15 ahead before Djokovic goes tumbling. Man down. Djokovic's right foot slips from underneath him as he scurries forward to meet a sumptuous Federer volley. Ouch!

    That makes it 0-30 and now Federer has a chance of an instant reply as Djokovic, perhaps feeling a little unsettled by that slip, volleys into the net. Federer cleans up the break at the second attempt - cue loud roar from the Fed-supporting Ashe crowd.

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  124. Djokovic breaks

    *Djokovic 2-1 Federer

    More strife for Federer. The second seed is pinned back by Djokovic who dismantles his usually flawless serve with ease. Federer goes long from behind the baseline to gift three more break points to Djokovic.

    One is saved as Djokovic fails to land a backhand. Two are saved when Federer smashes a high ball hard into the blue acrylic and out of the Serb's reach.

    Three? Well it is third time lucky as Djokovic wins the first bruising baseline rally, returning everything Federer throws at him, before the Swiss player overcooks a forehand.

    Roger Federer
  125. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Conditions have flipped on a dime. The wind has blown out all the hot air. It's just pleasant."

  126. Post update

    Djokovic 1-1 Federer*

    Contrasting service games. Djokovic rattles through his first ball toss, battering down the ball with a ferocity that Federer cannot handle. Four forced errors wrap up a hold to love for the top seed.

  127. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The forehand is the side that Roger will miss more often if he's nervous, so that's an early sign that he's carrying a few nerves."

    Roger Federer reacts
  128. Post update

    *Djokovic 0-1 Federer

    This is an extraordinary opener. Federer double faults to give Djokovic a third break point, but saves and then turns the game back in his favour. A backhand from Djokovic goes long and Federer survives. Seven minutes is this opening game - hope you're not up early in the morning....

    Novak Djokovic
  129. Post update

    Djokovic 0-0 Federer

    Uh oh. I spoke to soon about Federer's start. Another loose forehand crashes into the net - and that is a first break point for Djokovic. But Federer hammers down a nerve-jangling second serve to dig himself out of a hole - cue huge cheers from the Ashe crowd.

    But that joy last for seconds. Another forehand crashes into the net gives Djokovic a second break point...which Federer saves with a sweeping forehand winner which Djokovic cannot scamper across the baseline to retrieve.

    An ace puts Federer back in control...then he slaps a forehand volley into the net from close range. On we go....

    Novak Djokovic
  130. Post update

    Djokovic 0-0 Federer

    What a start from Federer! The Swiss blasts an ace down the middle. Rusty? Not a chance. A forehand into the net draws Djokovic level, before another thumping serve cannot be controlled by the top seed. Djokovic draws level again at 30-30, dusting the line twice in a rally, the second beating Fed. Djokovic goes long for 40-30 but Federer does the same. Deuce...

    Roger Federer
  131. Post update

    Djokovic v Federer

    An electric atmosphere inside Ashe as both men go through their final warm-ups. Reckon the punters must have spent the last few hours sinking a few alcoholic beverages. "Time," calls the umpire. Federer to serve...

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    Federer seemed to indicate in his pre-match interviews that he was undecided whether to bring out the 'SABR' against Djokovic tonight. Of course he's going to say that. It wouldn't be sneaky if you pre-warned your opponent, would it?!

    So let's have a bit of fun. We want to know your 'SABYs' - Sneak Attacks By You. What cunning tactics do you employ to get one over on your boss/partner/kids/next door neighbour who you once had a row with about putting a fence?

    Let us know. Tweet #bbctennis or text 81111. And we won't tell them. Feel free to lob up another opinions as the match unfolds.

  133. Attack of the SABR

    Djokovic v Federer

    So how is Federer going to beat Djokovic? One innovation he hopes can damage the top seed's seemingly-impregnable defence is his self-proclaimed 'SABR' - the new 'Sneak Attack By Roger' shot. What's that? Basically, it means a fleet-footed Fed rushes the serve and returns half-volley en route to the net.

    Djokovic's coach Boris Becker reckons the tactic "almost disrespects the other guy's serve", while Djokovic has also been frosty in his own assessments.

    "I've not considered doing that," said the Serb. "It's an exciting shot for him. For the player opposite side of the net, not so much. So I have nothing else to say about that."

    Federer was equally brisk in his response to Becker. "It's not disrespectful," Federer said. "Pretty simple."

  134. Mixed fortunes at Flushing Meadows

    Djokovic v Federer

    While both players are used to giving victory speeches at Grand Slams, Federer has picked up the microphone on Ashe four more times than Djokovic.

    The pair have contrasting records in the US Open showpiece, Djokovic winning just one of his five finals, with Federer triumphing in five of his six attempts.

    But this is the Swiss maestro's first Flushing Meadows final since losing to Juan Martin del Potro in 2009.

    US Open
  135. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It helps Roger that the balls are playing much faster than at Wimbledon, the courts are playing faster than at Wimbledon. And he's playing ever better - he's a Roger and a half. His rhythm is better and he's placing the serve better."

  136. Post update

    Djokovic v Federer

    Roger Federer

    Few things in life make the ice-cool Novak Djokovic feel a little hot under the collar. Not winning tennis matches is one. And, if the circuit chat is to be believed, the support that his great rival Roger Federer receives is another.

    The 'Fed Heads' - a multinational travelling troupe of diehard Roger fans who bring a splash of Swiss red and white colour to every tournament - are a breed of fan that tennis has never seen before.

    And Federer himself acknowledges that his universal popularity could help him beat Djokovic. The Swiss maestro is expected to be backed by the majority of the 23,000 fans inside Ashe.

    "I definitely think if there would be more on my side that will give me a lift and extra energy and momentum possibly. That could swing the match a little bit," said Federer.

  137. Post update

    Djokovic v Federer

    Perhaps they should have handed out earplugs at the Ashe turnstiles - the noise which greets the two men is almost deafening. Federer, wearing his familiar all white and pink trimmed outfit, walks out first to huge cheers. Djokovic also receives a wonderful reception - but the noise level is a few levels down the decibel meter. Time for a quick knock up and then these two heavyweights are ready to rumble.

  138. Player's view

    Djokovic v Federer

    Novak Djokovic: "This is the kind of match you work for your entire life, this is why you wake up in the morning and hit tennis balls. Playing against Roger is always special, he's the best player in the history of the game. It's the ultimate challenge and hopefully I can play my best game."

  139. Player's view

    Djokovic v Federer

    Roger Federer: "It's been a bit of a wait. But we're used to waiting, it's nothing new for us. I'm feeling good going out now. I'm very happy having made it this far. I'm going to leave it all out on the court and hope I play a good match."

  140. Post update

    Djokovic v Federer

    No panic! Federer rolls into the corridor from the locker room to the Ashe court, looking as cool and composed as per. Here's what he has to say about that delay...

  141. Post update

    Djokovic v Federer

    Almost comically, Roger Federer is a little late. He was due to be interviewed by US television outside the locker room, but has apparently been caught by surprise by the imminent restart. Perhaps he nipped off for a quick drink and was held up in the queue.

  142. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "There is a marching band on Ashe and Robert Redford, Sean Connery and someone who plays basketball have been spotted taking their seats.

    "Those filling most of the 23,000 spaces around this stadium have had to spend the last three hours in the US Open shop or enjoying the refreshments available.

    "It's safe to say, some people are very well refreshed. Let's hope Djokovic and Federer have managed to lay off the cheese steaks and beers, their time has come."

    US Open
  143. Route to the final - Federer

    Djokovic v Federer

    First round: Leonardo Mayer (Arg) 6-1 6-2 6-2

    Second round: Steve Darcis (Bel) 6-1 6-2 6-1

    Third round: 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) 6-3 6-4 6-4

    Fourth round: 13 John Isner (US) 7-6 (7-0) 7-6 (8-6) 7-5

    Quarter-final: 12 Richard Gasquet (Fra) 6-3 6-3 6-1

    Semi-final: 5 Stan Wawrinka (Sui) 6-4 6-3 6-1

  144. Route to the final - Djokovic

    Djokovic v Federer

    First round: Joao Souza (Bra) 6-1 6-1 6-1

    Second round: Andreas Haider-Maurer (Aut) 6-4 6-1 6-2

    Third round: 25 Andreas Seppi (Ita) 6-3 7-5 7-5

    Fourth round: Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa) 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3

    Quarter-final: 18 Feliciano Lopez (Spa) 6-1 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-2)

    Semi-final: 9 Marin Cilic (Cro) 6-0 6-1 6-2

  145. Post update

    Djokovic v Federer

    The delay to tonight's final has been longer than the total time it took Messrs Djokovic and Federer to book their places in the showpiece. Djokovic needed one hour and 25 minutes to see off defending champion Marin Cilic, while Federer took one hour and 32 minutes to beat Swiss rival Stan Wawrinka. Here's a reminder of their routes to the final....

  146. Post update

    Jeff Tarango

    Former professional tennis player on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The cooler air of the night will slow it down for Djokovic, and that will help him. But the 'indoor' feeling of the match, with no wind, will help Roger more. I still think if you add it up Roger has a couple of points advantage per set."

  147. Ready to go

    Djokovic v Federer

    Right, here we go! Three hours later than planned, Arthur Ashe Stadium is dry and the stands are almost full as Grammy-nominated R'n'B singer Aloe Blacc croons out the American national anthem. Djokovic and Federer are - finally - are about to walk out onto court.

    Aloe Blacc
  148. Weather update

    Djokovic v Federer

  149. No play before midnight

    Djokovic v Federer

  150. No play before midnight

  151. Weather update

    Djokovic v Federer

    Still awake? Excellent. Eight blokes wearing white overalls and matching caps - looking like Super Mario when he powers up with a fire flower - are scurrying around Ashe with their mops. For the umpteenth time we have heard that the rain is slowing down and that this is the last band of rain above Flushing Meadows. Go grab yourself a coffee and stick with it. Promise it will be worth it!

    Driers
  152. Final delayed

    Djokovic v Federer

  153. Weather update

    Djokovic v Federer

    Some more information has crackled through to our office CB radio. And I'm afraid it is further bad news. The latest from New York is that we might not see Federer or Djokovic for another hour or so. So I'm going to dash to the canteen for a cup of tea and a chocolate digestive or three. But keep checking this page for any weather updates as soon as we get them. See you shortly.

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  155. Weather update

    Djokovic v Federer

    Even David Beckham has lost patience. The Brylcreem Boy (other hair gels are available) scurries inside before his slick quiff is decimated by the rain. There is some chat that the tournament organisers are hopeful play will start within the hour. Hmmm, we've heard that one before.

  156. Weather update

    Djokovic v Federer

    And it is not good news. Whoever played 'Here Comes The Sun' over the tannoy about half an hour ago should be sacked. They've jinxed it.

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  158. Final delayed

    Djokovic v Federer

  159. Final delayed

    Djokovic v Federer

    What you need in weather like this is a hat. A big hat...

  160. Post update

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "It's raining again. Beckham poses for yet another photo and then heads inside to rub shoulders with the other stars, while those in the cheap(er) seats make do with umbrellas and waterproofs.

    "This shower had actually been forecast and is all part of the plan, don't worry. It is predicted to pass quickly and then, maybe, we can get down to business. I think it's stopped...."

    Rain delay at the US Open
  161. Weather update

    Djokovic v Federer

    Drum roll please....we have news. It is raining. Again. I can only apologise. The brollies are back out - but it is only expected to be a brief shower. We will bring you more news as we hear it. I feel like Michael Fish....

  162. Djokovic eyes winning finish

    Djokovic v Federer

    Serena Williams and her pursuit of the calendar Slam dominated the first 12 days of the tournament, leaving Novak Djokovic to quietly get on with his business. Now the Serb is on the verge of bettering the American's year at the majors.

    For the second time in his career, Djoko is within sight of winning three of the four Slams, and for the first time has has reached all four finals. Only Federer and the great Rod Laver have previously reached all four Slam finals in the same season.

    "Win or lose, it still has been so far a great year, my best year alongside 2011," said Djokovic. "But obviously I'm only thinking about winning that US Open trophy."

  163. Celebwatch

    Djokovic v Federer

    David Beckham

    Having spent a large portion of his life in Manchester, former England captain David Beckham is a man who isn't scared of a bit of rain. Becks is already settled in his wet seat, posing for a selfie with a couple of female fans. (Simon Fuller - the Spice Girls' manager pictured with Beckham above - is not hounding Becks for a selfie.)

  164. Weather update

    Djokovic v Federer

    The rain has stopped, the driers have been turned onto full blast. A mini-army of US Open officials are riding around the blue acrylic surface of Ashe on oversized electric scooters, which are pumping hot air onto the wet surface. The chat is that the players might be leaving the locker room in about 20 minutes. Fingers crossed.

    Driers
  165. Top of the Rock

    Pennetta enjoys women's singles win

    Not only did US Open women's singles champion Flavia Pennetta show off her new piece of bling on top of the Rock, she even let her fella - men's 32nd seed Fabio Fognini - get his mitts on the trophy. Look how happy he is!

    Fognini

    *insert gag about Fognini never getting closer to a Grand Slam title here*

  166. Top of the Rock

    Pennetta enjoys women's singles win

    Want some warm pictures to brighten things up further? Most tourists in New York City return home with a holiday snap of themselves stood in front of the looming Manhattan skyline. And it turns out that a US Open champion has the same snap in his/her photo album.

    Ladies singles champion Flavia Pennetta, who beat Italian compatriot Roberta Vinci yesterday, has been on top of the Rockefeller Building with her trophy....

    Flavia Pennetta
  167. Weather update

    Djokovic v Federer

    More good news! The rain has stopped in Queens - cue huge cheers from those inside Ashe. And the cheeky PA person in charge of the stadium's music decides to spin The Beatles' classic Here Comes the Sun. Brilliant! Fingers crossed that Djokovic and Federer will appear on court sooner rather than later.

  168. Weather update

    Djokovic v Federer

    I've got some positive news! Nope, it is still raining at Flushing Meadows. Sorry.

    But...I'd like to remind you that this time next year there will be no chance of a rain-delayed final. That's because the partially-constructed roof over Ashe will be finished. Hurrah! In times like these I like to put a positive spin on things.

    US Open
  169. Final delayed

    Djokovic v Federer

  170. Final delayed

    Djokovic v Federer

  171. Weather update

    Djokovic v Federer

    Don't blame it on the weatherman, wailed Irish girl group B*Witched in their 90s hit. Well I am going to blame to the weatherman. Brollies are still extended at Flushing Meadows and there is no sign at the moment that it is going to ease.

    US Open
  172. Post update

    Djokovic v Federer

    So which player should you be laying your hard-earned cash on? Well, Federer leads Djokovic in their head-to-head, winning 21 of their 41 previous meetings. But he hasn't beaten his great rival in a five-set match since Wimbledon semi-final in 2012.

    Federer is fine form at Flushing Meadows - not even dropping a set in his nine hours, 48 minutes on court - but now he must break down the finest defence game in men's tennis.

    And some onlookers might suggest that if he can't beat Djokovic in five sets on the lush grass at Wimbledon then he hasn't got a chance on the hard courts of Ashe.

  173. Post update

    Djokovic v Federer

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "What was I saying? Out on Court 17, Americans Tommy Paul and Taylor Fritz - contesting the boys' singles final where Fritz leads 6-2 3-1 - troop back to the locker room as play is suspended with rain falling, and the umbrellas are up on Ashe. And it had been such a lovely day...."

  174. Post update

  175. Weather update

    Djokovic v Federer

    Uh oh. We've jinxed it. Moments after assuring you that there was no sign of rain at Flushing Meadows, guess what has happened....

  176. Tale of the tape

    Djokovic v Federer

    Novak Djokovic/Roger Federer graphic
  177. Post update

    Djokovic v Federer

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    "The forecast for men's final day has been gloomy all week, but things have brightened up as the match approaches and it's been a sunny day in New York - so far. There are a few clouds on the horizon now and the smart money is on some sort of interruption.

    "Both men have been out practising in the last few hours, with Djokovic clearly preparing to face the SABR ('Sneak Attack By Roger'). I'm expecting to see some SABR branded clothing released quickly should Federer win."

  178. Weather update

    Djokovic v Federer

    There was some chat yesterday that today's final might be interrupted by some showers. Our spies on the ground, however, insists that the NYC skies are electric blue and full of sun.

    But - and there is always a but where the weather is concerned - the forecast is still predicting a slight chance of heavy rain....

    New York weather
  179. Post update

    Djokovic v Federer

    New York City is the sort of place which has a constant buzz. Noise, colour and energy consumes the Big Apple for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But tonight there is an extra tingle around the city that never sleeps, particularly in a beautiful corner of Queens.

    Thousands of tennis fans are packed into Flushing Meadows ahead of the US Open men's singles final, with the lucky punters who have managed to bag a courtside ticket quickly filling up the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic and Federer are due to walk out on to the blue acrylic of Ashe in about 25 minutes. First ball being served about 21:20 BST.

  180. Big Four continue domination

    Djokovic v Federer

    Since Nadal stuck his mitts on his first major trophy at the 2005 French Open, those four men have taken home 39 of the 42 Grand Slam titles up for grabs.

    Nadal fell by the wayside in the third round of this year's US Open, with the same fate awaiting Murray in the last 16.

    So that leaves Djokovic and Federer as the surviving members of the Fab Four.

    Federer and Djokovic

    Top seed v second seed. Nine-time Slam winner v 17-time Slam winner. Djokovic v Federer.

  181. Decade of dominance

    Phil Mitchell

    Remembering a time when Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray were not dominating Grand Slams is rather like trying to cast your mind back to when Eastenders hard-man Phil Mitchell wasn't ruling the roost around Albert Square.

    You know it happened, but are so used to seeing these characters running the show that you're struggling to recall a time without them.

    There was a time in men's tennis, just over a decade ago, when the likes of Gaston Gaudio, Albert Costa and Thomas Johansson were winning Grand Slam titles. Really.

    But since the summer of 2005, the 'Big Four' have dominated the major tournaments. And tonight that is going to continue.