The Women’s final will take place tomorrow afternoon, while the men’s showpiece event will take place Monday afternoon, already feeling a cold coming on for Monday classes. The women’s final will have #1 seed Serena Williams looking for her 5th US Open title as she takes on #2 seed Victoria Azarenka. Both ladies strolled to straight set victories in their semi final match-ups. The Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka has looked strong all tournament but will have to take her game to an extraordinarily different level to beat Serena tomorrow. Azarenka will have to limit the cheap points Serena gets off her serve and she will likewise have to have a high first serve percentage to challenge her. I am a big fan of Azarenka’s game, and even with a victory over Serena on her accomplishments this year, Serena wont lose on home soil with the crowd clearly with her.
The Men’s final will be an instant classic and I say that with the upmost confidence. If you even slightly enjoy tennis, this is gonna be a match of epic proportions. The Australian Open champ and #1 seed Novak Djokovic will come into the final being very battle tested. Novak Djokovic beat Stanislas Wawrinka in a 5 set semifinal 2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Djokovic will head into the final as an underdog because he will be facing #2 seed Rafael Nadal who has been in blistering form this season after returning from a knee injury early this year. Rafael Nadal has only lost 3 matches all season long! It’s fair to see his road to the US Open Final was a lot more relaxed and that was never more evident in his straight sets victory in the semifinal vs Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-6, 6-2. If Nadal does defeat Djokovic, he will be in line to reclaim the #1 spot in the ATP rankings. It’s hard to pick a winner when these two guys meet. This will be their 36th meeting head to head, Rafa leads overall 21-15 and also holds a 7-3 advantage at the grand slams.
This will surely be yet another great chapter in this rivalry between two greats of the game. I won’t hide the fact that I am a Djokovic fan and will be in the Serbians corner on Monday. I have the upmost respect for Rafael Nadal, he’s a true champion but there can be only one winner. So…. Come on Novak!
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