Federer aiming for 6 at Flushing Medows

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Updated: August 23, 2012

Roger Federer aims to cap his dramatic renaissance by becoming the first man in 87 years to win six US Open titles when the season’s last Grand Slam event takes place from Monday.

World No 1 Federer currently has five New York wins, a mark he shares with US legends Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors, an equal-best performance in the Open era.

But the last man to win six was Bill Tilden, who achieved the feat in the strictly amateur days of 1925 before finishing his career with seven in 1929.

Having just turned 31, Federer is back at world No 1 thanks to a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title, his 17th Grand Slam trophy.

He was a silver medallist at the Olympics and has six tour titles in total this year, a statistic capped by a record fifth Cincinnati Masters last week where he swept past Novak Djokovic in the final.

Federer won his five straight US Open titles between 2004 and 2008 but missed the chance of a sixth in 2009 when he lost a five-set thriller to Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.

Rafael Nadal, missing through injury this year, and Djokovic claimed the 2010 and 2011 editions.

His record at the majors remains one of outstanding consistency  he has reached the quarterfinals or better at 33 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments.