After missing on out on a Federer-Nadal clash and Murray’s early exit, fans have finally got a match that involves two of the big four.
Quick Recap of Day 13
India’s pride Leander Paes won his third US Open men’s doubles title on Sunday becoming the oldest man in tennis to win a Grand Slam event. This is Paes’ 14th Grand Slam and is the most successful Indian tennis player ever. Paes and Stepanek recorded a comprehensive win over Peya and Soares in straight sets 6-1 6-3. In the Women’s singles finals, Serena Williams retained her US Open crown by beating Victoria Azarenka 7-5 6-7(6) 6-1. This is Serena’s 5th US Open singles title. Serena has now won Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open five times each while she has won French Open twice. In all, Serena has now won 17 singles Grand slam titles and 13 doubles titles. A total of 30 Grand Slam titles!
Men’s Singles Finals
After missing on out on a Federer-Nadal clash and Murray’s early exit, fans have finally got a match that involves two of the big four. Top seed Novak Djokovic will face 2nd seed Rafael Nadal in the finals of the US Open today. This is the only match scheduled on Monday. In head to head, Nadal leads with 21 wins while Djokovic is not far behind with 15 wins. Most of their battles have been either in the semi finals or the finals. On hard courts, Djokovic has won 9 matches while Nadal has beaten Nole only four times. However, their last encounter was on a hard court, which took place earlier this year in Montreal, where Nadal beat Djokovic in three sets.
In Grand Slams, Nadal has won 7 times while Djokovic has beaten Nadal thrice. At US Open, both have beaten each other once. Those two matches were the finals in 2010 and 2011 with Djokovic winning the latter. On the road to the semifinals, Djokovic did not drop a set until semi finals where he had to dig deep to beat the Swiss Stansislas Wawrinka. Nadal has dropped only one set on his road to the semi finals.
Both the players have been part of epic matches in the past. Their last clash at a Grand Slam event was in the semi finals of the French Open earlier this year which was a five set epic. Nadal won the match by winning the last set 9-7. Expect today’s final to go to five sets with both men trying to win the title. Both the players are looking to win their second US Open title. If Djokovic wins he will have 8 Grand slam titles under his name while Nadal will be looking to win his 13th Grand Slam.
This one is too tough to call. Both players are exceptional and will go down in history as one of the greatest of all time. It’s 50:50 right now with both players holding the edge. The match is scheduled to start at 2.30 am IST.