After winning a point in the US Open final and bent on proving a point, Novak Djokovic leaped and roared and threw an uppercut then glared at some of the thousands of spectators pulling for Roger Federer.Following another point in that game, Djokovic nodded as he smiled towards the stands. And moments later, Djokovic shook his right arm, bloodied by an early fall, and screamed, “Yes! Yes!” to celebrate a missed forehand by Federer.Djokovic appeared to be all alone out there in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, trying to solve Federer while also dealing with a crowd loudly supporting the 17-time major champion proclaimed “arguably the greatest player in the history of the sport” during pre-match introductions.In the end, Djokovic handled everything in a thrill-a-minute final on a frenetic night. Thwarting Federer with his relentless defence and unparalleled returning, Djokovic took control late and held on for a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory on Sunday to earn his second US Open title, third major championship of the year, and 10th Grand Slam trophy in all.”We pushed each other to the limit,” the No. 1-ranked Djokovic said, “as we always do.”Djokovic, who is 63-5 in 2015, including 27-1 at majors, said he understood why the crowd backed Federer – but hopes to someday get that sort of support.”You do let sometimes certain things to distract you,” Djokovic said about interacting with the fans. “But it’s important to get back on the course and go back to basics and why you are there and what you need to do.”He certainly was able to do that.unreachable shotsContorting his body this way and that, sneakers squeaking loudly as he changed directions or scraping like sandpaper as he slid to reach unreachable shots, Djokovic forced the 34-year-old Federer to put the ball into the tiniest of spaces. Federer wound up with 54 unforced errors, 17 more than Djokovic.Another key statistic: Djokovic won 10 of the first 12 points that lasted at least 10 strokes.Perhaps the most pivotal of all: Djokovic saved 19 of the 23 break points he faced, while winning six of Federer’s service games.”Some of them, I could have done better, should have done better,” the second-ranked Federer said.From late in the third set to 5-2 in the fourth, Djokovic took control against a wilting Federer by claiming eight of 10 games. Federer made one last stand, breaking to get within 5-3 and holding for 5-4, but a forehand return that flew long left Djokovic as the champion, pointing to his heart.- AP
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Bain Capital, one of the world’s biggest private investment firms, was winning bidder of what LaPenta called “a handful” of would-be buyers courting the retailer after it announced in June that it was pursuing options to increase the value of the company. Burlington said its board of directors has approved the proposed deal, which still requires shareholder approval. Bain said in a news release it has obtained commitments from members of the Milstein family and related entities representing about 62 percent of Burlington’s outstanding shares to vote all their shares in favor of the deal. No date has been set for that shareholder meeting. LaPenta said the transaction would cause no visible changes to shoppers seeking bargains on coats, clothing, shoes and home furnishings, nor to the retailer’s 29,000 employees. Monroe Milstein said in a statement he was thrilled that the transaction would deliver significant value to stockholders, adding, “We are very proud of what the company has accomplished over the past 30 years.” Ben Strom, a senior analyst with Variant Research Corp., said he thought the company would have no problem attracting new top managers. While some of its competitors, such as Ross Stores Inc. and TJX Co.’s T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, have posted better operating margins, Strom said Burlington benefits by paying some of the lowest prices for real estate in the industry. It has also successfully carved out niches in both outerwear and sportswear, and done well in the challenging home-decor business. A more centralized distribution strategy has reduced clutter on the sales floor, helping to boost same-store sales in recent years, he added. “They’ve got a lot of positive momentum they’re building on,” Strom said. Strom said the drop in stock price Wednesday could be because the market was expecting a slightly higher per share purchase price. His own company’s expectation was $50 per share. Last month, Bain was part of a group that agreed to buy Dunkin’ Donuts and two other restaurant chains for $2.43 billion. Bain is also a one-third owner of Wayne, N.J.-based Toys R Us, which it took private last summer in partnership with Vornado Realty Trust and private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TRENTON, N.J. – After 34 years as a family-run business, Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. has agreed to a $2.06 billion cash buyout offer from private equity firm Bain Capital Partners LLC. Under terms of the deal announced Wednesday, Bain Capital of Boston will pay $45.50 for each Burlington share, a 2 percent premium to its closing price Tuesday. Burlington shares fell 45 cents to close at $44.13 on Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. Headquarters for the 367-store apparel retailer will remain in Burlington in central New Jersey, but the four family members in top management, including 79-year-old founder and Chief Executive Monroe Milstein, will exit the company, said Robert LaPenta, who will stay on as chief accounting officer and treasurer. Chief Operating Officer Mark Nesci will act as CEO until a decision on a replacement is made. LaPenta said the deal is expected to close within about 90 days.