The two in-form players on tour will battle it out this evening for the season’s last Grand Slam title, the US Open.
The top two seeds in the competition, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, have successfully made it through six rounds unscathed to set up an exciting final for the final major title of the season.
Nadal’s Route to the Final
He may be ranked the lower of the two, but Rafael Nadal is the man being tipped to take this year’s US Open final.
The Spaniard’s record on hard court, which is nothing short of perfect, is one of the reasons why he’s expected to have the upper hand in the final.
He has won all 21 of his matches on hard court this season which have seen him scoop the ATP World Tour Masters, Rogers Cup and Western and Southern Open titles along the way.
Nadal has steam-rollered his way into the final, having only dropped one set in his six matches. He defeated wildcard Ryan Harrison, Brazilian Rogero Dutra da Silva and Croatian Ivan Dodig in his opening three matches.
He did drop the first set in his fourth round match against German Phillip Kohlschreiber but won the next three to book a spot in the quarters.
Rafa then overcame compatriot Tommy Robredo in straight sets before another straights sets victory over Richard Gasquet, showing that he is going to be a huge obstacle to break down in the final.
Nadal has the upper hand on their head to heads as he leads 21-15 and has won five last six meetings. He also beat Djokovic three sets to one in the 2010 US Open final to win the title for the first and so far only time.
Djokovic’s Route to the Final
Novak didn’t secure his place in the final with as much ease with closer matches in the quarter and semi stages but did breeze through his first four rounds.
During those matches, he completed straight set wins over Lithuanian Recardis Berankis, Benjamin Becker, Joao Sousa of Portugal and Spain’s Marcel Granollers to secure a last eight spot.
He then defeated Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 in the quarter finals before putting in a gritty performance against ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka to come back from 2-1 sets down to win 3-2.
Djokovic says he feels physically fine after his strenuous semi-final win over Wawrinka and will be hoping that the 2011 final will repeat itself and he’ll once again beat Nadal.
He defeated Rafa three sets to one to claim his first US Open title but by the end of Monday, one of these players will have a second title to their name.
Nadal is the bookies’ favourite going into the final and Bet Victor are offering the best odds of 8/11 on the Spaniard taking his second US Open title. Sportingbet provide the best value for a Djokovic victory at 4/3.
Coverage of the match is available on Sky Sports 1 and the final gets underway at 10pm.
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