After Roberta Vinci stunned the U.S. Open crowd and tennis fans the world over with her shocking upset of Serena Williams, ending the best world’s best female tennis player’s bid for a Grand Slam, the stage was set for the first ever all-Italian U.S. Open women’s final.
Vinci faced fellow countrywoman Flavia Pennetta, the 26th seed in the tournament at Arthur Ashe stadium Saturday. Pennetta won in quick fashion in two sets, 7-6, 6-2.
Following the match, Pennetta promptly retired from the sport, announcing that the match that secured her the 2015 Open championship would be the last professional match of her career.
While the 2015 U.S. Open women’s final featured two relatively unknown players to American tennis fans, the men’s final featured two of the most recognizable faces in the sport.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, the two best players in the world, fittingly made it to the final, but Djokovic had the better of his opponent Sunday night, topping Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Federer had trouble getting his serve under control the whole night.
It was the first win for Djokovic at the Open since 2011, and the tenth Grand Slam title of his career. For comparison, Federer has 17 Grand Slam wins. However, Djokovic won three of tennis’ four biggest tournaments this year, the second time in his career he has done so.