Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal matchup is ruined by Novak Djokovic: I apologize.

Nearly all of the important trophies our sport offers have been contested by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. However, despite being just one victory apart from the Arthur Ashe Stadium showdown, two fierce rivals have never faced off at the US Open.

One of those instances occurred in 2010 when the Spaniard reached his maiden US Open final and was set to face either Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer for the championship. For the fourth consecutive year, Novak and Roger faced battle in New York, and in an exciting encounter that lasted three hours and 44 minutes, Novak defeated Roger by holding off two match points!

At 4-5 in the finale, Djokovic saved those two match points by converting two valiant forehand winners and winning three games in a row to win the match and thwart the anticipated outcome. Federer was defeated by Djokovic for the sixth time in 16 matches, despite three service errors and six breaks from 12 opportunities.

The Swiss reacted in the mid-range exchanges to keep pace with the Serb, who had the advantage in the shortest range up to four strokes. Thanks to sets two and four, Novak earned an additional 15 points, which would not have been possible if he had lost concentration in the tenth game.

In the 2010 US Open semifinal, Roger Federer was defeated by Novak Djokovic.

Federer overcame a 4-2 behind in the first set to take two breaks and win it 7-5. In the second set, Djokovic was the only player on the court, and the five-time champion retaliated with a late break in the third to gain still another edge.

Before playing a sloppy serve game at 4-5 in the championship match, the Serb completely dominated set number four. Following Novak’s backhand error, Roger was awarded two match points and appeared to be headed for his sixth straight US Open final.

When playing against his opponent and the fans, Djokovic hit two daring forehand winners to remove the threat and earn a significant advantage. Following Federer‘s forehand error in the 11th game, Novak broke Roger at 30 and saved a break point in the following game to secure the victory and advance to his third Major final.

“I didn’t consider playing Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer back-to-back because I always aim to defeat my opponents. I did well today by maintaining my composure and figuring out how to come out on top. I did occasionally struggle with my emotions, but overall I was a fairly stable and devoted person.

I continued to play solid tennis even though I was two sets to one down. I feel bad for people who expected to see Roger and Rafa in the championship match. But I didn’t give it much thought. Tomorrow, I’m certain, we’ll have the championship game “said Novak Djokovic.