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Living legends Djokovic and Federer to make more history in New York

13 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Living legends Djokovic and Federer to make more history in New York

Tennis' two best players meet in Sunday's US Open final - it is the contest the last Grand Slam of the year deserves

It is both entirely fitting – and unsurprising – that Sunday’s US Open final will be contested between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

The first and second seeds are the greatest players in the world by a distance, achieving remarkable new feats on a seemingly weekly basis.

For Federer, the match represents his best opportunity to win a first Grand Slam title for more than three years.

That would be most deserving for a player who is pioneering the sport for the second time by playing the best tennis of his life at the age of 34.

11/10 – Roger Federer to beat Novak Djokovic

Once considered a young man’s game – John McEnroe won the last of his six majors at the age of 25 – the endurance of Federer in an era that has never been more physically demanding has significantly added to a legacy that was already long secured.

The problem for him, though, is that Djokovic – who he undoubtedly inspired – is a little bit better than him.

Not that there is any shame in that.

There is six years difference in age between them, after all.

The single-minded Djokovic will certainly not be concerned about whether his distinguished opponent wins the title that his age-defying form deserves, either.

Nor should he be, for the Serbian has his own history to make.

Victory would move him to 10 Slam titles, one behind Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver.

8/11 – Novak Djokovic to beat Roger Federer

It would also mean holding three of the four available majors – an achievement he first achieved during his hall-of-fame 2011 campaign.

Djokovic will also be determined to arrest the mildly-irking record of a single US Open triumph from five finals.

The 28-year-old’s straight-sets demolition over defending champion Marin Cilic on Friday was a timely performance from a player who had previously not reached his brilliant best.

While the pair’s ATP head-to-head record is very even – Federer leads 21-20 overall and it is 5-5 since 2014 – Djokovic has won the previous two best-of-five set matches.

The results in those encounters – the 2014 and 2015 Wimbledon finals, which were won in five and four respectively – are significant.

5/1 – Novak Djokovic to win in five sets

The indefatigable world No. 1 is likely to triumph if the match at the iconic Arthur Ashe Stadium goes long.

Federer, then, has to keep the points – and match – short if he is to win his sixth title in New York and first since since 2008.

Tie-breaks will also be crucial for the player who is serving more effectively than anyone else on tour.

3/1 – Roger Federer to win the first set on a tie-break

The Swiss master has eased through so far and was majestic against compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the semis.

He has not dropped a set since being defeated at SW19 in July – a total of 28 stretching across his Masters 1000 victory in Cincinnati (where he beat Djokovic in the final) and the first six matches of this event.

That run might have to be extended to 31 if he is to become the oldest US Open champion for 45 years.

Winning early is Federer’s best opportunity of overcoming Djokovic – a player who is closing in on the same legendary status he himself currently enjoys.

4/1 – Novak Djokovic not to win a set

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