The world number one Novak Djokovic vs Number two, Rafael Nadal,  the Serbian against the Spaniard, the hard hitting number one seed against the Clay court Romeo. It’s all set to be a cracker of a contest at the final grand slam of the year U.S Open 2013 with the two best players in the world facing off against each other in what will be a lot more than just a tennis match and a championship decider, this match will decide ‘Dominance’ ‘Power’ and who’s the top dog this calendar 2013. Head-to-Head : Novak and Rafael will be meeting for the 37th time in the championship showdown, surpassing McEnroe and Lendl for the most clashes since tennis turned professional 45 years ago. The second-seeded Nadal won his only US Open in 2010 against Djokovic while Novak Djokovic quickly returned the favor back to Rafael Nadal the next year when he beat the Spaniard in the 2011 U.S Open final when the top-seeded Serb won his only US. So Monday`s winner will not only gain a 2-1 advantage in the U.S Open title tally but will also be the year`s only two-time slam champion of 2013.   1378581497000-USP-Tennis-US-Open-Djokovic-vs-Wawrinka Nadal leads Novak by 21-15, having won five of their last six meetings.  Djokovic won seven straight from March 2011 through January 2012 including the 2012 Australian Open final which lasted five hours 53 minutes.  Nadal won their last Grand Slam match though, earlier this year in Paris, 9-7 in the 5th set, in a relatively quick four hours 37 minutes. While Novak beating Rafa on Monte Carlo’s red clay, which ended the Spaniard’s dominance and eight-year streak of champion there, Rafa himself got his own back at the Roland Garros semi-final, which was my personal ‘Match of the year’ so far. Rafa also has beaten Novak Djokovic on hard court at Montreal in the semi-finals shocking many tennis fans all over the world going on to win the title there accompanied with his conquering of the Cincinnati title recently. 1086862-17291754-640-360 Road to the Final – Though Novak had a relatively easy path up-till his quarter-finals against Mikhail Youzhny where he lost his first set in this year’s tournament but his semi-final tie against Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka turned out to be a bit more than the Serbian would have wished for, having gone down 2 sets to one and grilling out a 5-set win over a very talented Swiss star 6a98b1ac3137bc1e3c0f6a706700b56b   Novak’s road to final • SF: bt S Wawrinka 2-6, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 • QF: bt M Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 • 4th round: bt M Granollers 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 • 3rd round: bt J Sousa 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 • 2nd round: bt B Becker 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-2 • 1st round: bt R Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 Nadal on the other hand has had no problems what-so-ever with his path to the final, dropping having dropped just one set and losing just one service game in the entire tournament, Nadal has looked more than comfortable and twice as confident and focused as ever before. In one word I’d describe his road to final as – ‘IMPRESSIVE’ nadal_u.s._open • SF: bt Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-2 • QF: bt Tommy Robredo 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 • 4th round: bt Phillip Kohlschreiber 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 • 3rd round: bt Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 • 2nd round: bt R.D. Da Silva 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 • 1st round: bt Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 All in all, it’s going to be a great final between the two greats and though I’d have put my money on Djoker winning it 5 days ago but having seen the respective semi-finals and their approach mentally and physically, it’s almost impossible to pick a winner in this. But I’m still sticking my head up on this one and calling it a 5-set win for Novak Djokovic. By Nikhil Deshpande Serena Williams Wins US open Women’s Singles Title. Full Match Review here


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