It’s chapter no 42 between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as they take on each other in yet another finals after Wimbledon.
We have reached the business end of the tournament where the World no.1 and World no.2 will face each other for the record 42nd time. Roger Federer has been truly remarkable with his tennis by demolishing every single opponent without dropping a single set. The 34-year old has been in the top of his game and most of his matches didn’t click 2 hrs on the clock. The biggest hurdle the Swiss had on his way was the big-serving American giant John Isner, but even that didn’t trouble the world no.2. On the contrary, it has been an up and down tournament for the Serbian Novak Djokovic who has found it tough to get the rhythm going. Novak Djokovic was specifically troubled by the big serving Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the quarterfinals but was good enough to go through to the semis. The world no.1 steamrolled the Croat Marin Cilic in the semi-finals by allowing the opponent to win just 3 games in the entire match which could have sent a strong message to the 17-time major champion.
Roger Federer’s route to the finals:
1st round: Defeated L. Mayer 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
2nd round: Defeated S. Darcis 6-1, 6-2, 6-1
3rd round: Defeated P. Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
4th round: Defeated J. Isner 7-6(0), 7-6(6), 7-5
Quarterfinals: Defeated R. Gasquet 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
Semifinals: Defeated S. Wawrinka 6-4, 6-3, 6-1
Novak Djokovic’s route to the finals:
1st round: Defeated J. Souza 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
2nd round: Defeated A. Haider-Maurer 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
3rd round: Defeated A. Seppi 6-3, 7-5, 7-5
4th round: Defeated R. Bautista Agut 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Quarterfinals: Defeated L. Lopez 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2)
Semifinals: Defeated M. Cilic 6-0, 6-1, 6-2
Federer’s key to success:
Federer’s free flowing game along with his serve has been his key element to success so far in the tournament and it will be no different in the finals. Federer himself stated that his serve has been working immensely great and it’s pretty true as his opponents found it hard to break his serve. Added with his serve, Federer’s athleticism has been the talking point in the tournament as he chases down the ball pretty comfortably for a 34-year-old. Federer’s typical old school tennis of serve and volleying will be the exact plan once again for the Swiss in the finals. Federer has been cheeky at times, as well in the tournament by taking the second service near the service line. Fondly called SABR (Sneak attack by Roger) has been the famous talking point in the tournament. Roger having beaten Novak recently at Cincinnati in straight sets would go in with a very positive mindset. Federer’s serve has to be spot on as he is facing one of the best returners the game has ever seen. Along with his serve, the way he approaches the net and using his backhand slice to vary the pace will be crucial for his success. The Swiss has featured for the first time in the US Open final since 2009 and will be eyeing to make this as a memorable one
Djokovic’s key to success:
Djokovic has peaked in the right time after dispatching Cilic in the semi-finals and will be going into the finals with supreme confidence. Djokovic having been tremendous in the entire 2015 season hasn’t won a single title in the US Open series hard court season losing to Andy Murray in the finals at Rogers cup and Roger Federer in Cincinnati. Despite not winning the title the Serb can’t be counted off as he has the edge over Federer in 5 setters. Djokovic’s serve hasn’t been impressive so far in the tourney but has been good enough to land the first serves in crucial points which get him out of the jail. While Djokovic’s game evolves around baseline rally he can’t expect to play long rallies from Roger who will be looking to finish the points off quickly. Djokovic has to be aggressive right from the start of the match, pulling the trigger off early and not allowing the Swiss to settle down. Djokovic over the years has developed his passing game exceeding well that he could easily use different angles to hit the passing shot. Djokovic’s backhand is the best in the business and that would he his major weapon against the Swiss in the final.
Djokovic will head into the finals as the heavy favourite despite his recent loss in Cincinnati. Five setter match is a whole different story as the Swiss failed to get the better of Serb in the recent past which will give the edge on Djokovic’s favour.
Head to Head: Federer 21-20 Djokovic
Last five meetings: Federer 2-3 Djokovic
Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in 4 sets
Time: 1:30 A.M.
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