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US Open Final Preview: Djokovic, Nadal Meet Again

New York, U.S.A.

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic will be contesting his fourth straight US Open final.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal face off in the US Open final for a third time.

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This is the 12th US Open final in the Open Era with the top two seeds meeting and the No. 2 seed has won six of the previous 11 meetings. Two years ago, No. 1 Djokovic beat No. 2 Nadal in the final. The 18 combined Grand Slam titles won by the duo is the most in a final here since 2002 when Pete Sampras (13) d. Andre Agassi (7).

-    This will be their 37th meeting, most in the Open Era  (fourth this year, Nadal leads 2-1)
-    Nadal leads 21-15 overall, 7-3 in Grand Slams (Djokovic leads 11-6 on hard courts and 3-2 in Slam finals)
-    This will be their third US Open final meeting: 2010 (Nadal in four sets) and 2011 (Djokovic in four sets)
-    The winner will earn a second US Open title and become the ninth player in the Open Era with at least two titles
-    This will be the 34th time in the past 35 Grand Slam tournaments (since 2005 Roland Garros), one of the Big 4 has won a Slam crown. The only exception came at the ‘09 US Open where Juan Martin del Potro won the title. During this span, Federer has won 13 titles, Nadal 12, Djokovic 6 and Murray 2.
-    It will also be the 12th time in the past 15 Grand Slam tournaments (since 2010 Roland Garros), either Djokovic or Nadal will earn a Grand Slam title. Nadal has won six titles and Djokovic five during that stretch.

Statistical Preview

•   Djokovic is appearing in his third major final of the season for the third consecutive year. It is the 26-year-old Serb’s fourth straight US Open final and fifth overall (1-3). He is the first player to reach four finals in a row here since Roger Federer advanced to six straight from 2004-09 (winning five). Djokovic is making his 12th overall appearance in a Grand Slam final (6-5 record) and 10th in the past 13 Grand Slams (5-4 in finals). He comes into the final with a 50-8 match record this season, including an ATP World Tour-high 31 match wins on hard courts. He is 3-3 in finals

•    Nadal is making his 18th career Grand Slam final showing (12-5 record) and a title will move the Spaniard to No. 3 on the all-time Grand Slam titles list (behind Federer 17, Sampras 14). He comes in with a career-best 21-match winning streak on hard courts and an overall ATP World Tour-best record of 59-3 this season. He is appearing in a final for the 12th time in 13 tournaments (9-2 record in finals) this year. He won a career-high 11 titles in 2005. The 27-year-old Spaniard has only been broken once and he has dropped one set en route to his third US Open final, holding 81 of 82 service games. Nadal is also 16-1 vs. Top 10 opponents this season, beating eight different Top 10 foes (has not played Murray). He is trying to capture his 60th career title.

Novak & Rafa: The Rivalry

(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs (2) Rafael Nadal (ESP)    Nadal Leads 21-15
•  This is their sixth Grand Slam final meeting (Djokovic leads 3-2).
•  This is the 37th meeting in their rivalry, which is the most in the Open Era.
•  This is the 11th meeting in a Grand Slam tournament between Djokovic and Nadal, who leads 7-3. The only other duo to meet 11 times in a major in the Open Era is Djokovic and Federer.
•  Djokovic and Nadal are tied for third place in history with their sixth meeting in a Grand Slam final.
•  This is the 17th final between Djokovic and Nadal, which is third-most.
•  This is the 12th time in the Open Era that the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds are meeting in the final. No. 2 seeds hold a 6-5 advantage.

DJOKOVIC FAST FACTS
•  If Djokovic wins, he will join a list of eight others with seven career Grand Slam titles.
•  Djokovic is playing in his fifth career US Open final which puts him in a tie for 10th all-time.
•  Djokovic is playing in his fourth consecutive US Open final, which puts him in a tie for eighth all-time.
•  Djokovic is the first player to reach four straight US Open finals since Roger Federer advanced to six in a row from 2004-09.
•  Djokovic will remain No. 1 after the US Open and will reach 100 weeks at No. 1 later this month (on Sept. 23). He has spent 97 weeks at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings (as on Monday, Sept. 2).

US Open History:
•    Has a 45-7 record and coming off third SF five-set win in four years. Here is a look at the road to the final:
o    1R (Tues.) – d. Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 61 62 62 in 1h22m (10 aces, saved 7 of 8 BP, broke 7 times)
o    2R (Fri.) – d. Benjamin Becker (GER) 76 62 62 in 1h51m (13 aces, broken once, converted 5 of 14 BP)
o    3R (Sun.) – d. Joao Sousa (POR) 60 62 62 in 1h40m (3 aces, broken once, converted 8 of13 BP)
o    4R (Tues.) – d. Marcel Granollers (ESP) 63 60 60 in 1h19m (converted 7 of 14 BP, won 45 of 53 srv pts)
o    QF (Thu.) – d. No. 21 Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 63 62 36 60 in 2h34m (conv. 7 of 12 BP, saved 8 of 10 BP)
o    SF (Sat.) – d. No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 26 76 36 63 64 in 4h09m (conv. 4 of 19 BP, broke 5 times)
•    Appearing in his fourth consecutive US Open final and fifth overall. Federer is the last player to reach four (more) finals here from 2004-09, winning five titles in six years (2004-09)
•    Here are his previous finals: runner-up in 2010 (l. to Nadal), won title in 2011 (d. Nadal) and runner-up last year (l. to Murray in five sets). Also runner-up in 2007 (l. to Federer)

CAREER GRAND SLAM FINALS -- Djokovic is playing in his fourth consecutive US Open final, fifth overall. It is also his 12th Grand Slam final (6-5 record). Here is a look at his previous Grand Slam finals:

Grand Slam Tournaments    Final Result
2013 Wimbledon    l. to Andy Murray 64 75 64
2013 Australian Open    d. Andy Murray 67(2) 76(3) 63 62
2012 US Open    l. to Andy Murray 76(10) 75 26 36 62
2012 Roland Garros    l. to. Rafael Nadal 64 63 26 75
2012 Australian Open    d. to. Rafael Nadal 57 64 62 67(5) 75
2011 US Open    d. Rafael Nadal 62 64 67(3) 61
2011 Wimbledon    d. Rafael Nadal 64 61 16 63
2011 Australian Open    d. Andy Murray 64 62 63
2010 US Open    l. Rafael Nadal 64 57 64 62
2008 Australian Open    d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 46 64 63 76(2)
2007 US Open    l. Roger Federer 76(4) 76(2) 64

ACTIVE HARD COURT TITLE LEADERS – Djokovic and Nadal are among the Top 5 in active hard court title leaders:

Player    Hard Court Titles    Last Hard Court Title
Roger Federer    52    2012 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati
Novak Djokovic    28    2013 Dubai
Andy Murray    22    2013 ATP Masters 1000 Miami
Lleyton Hewitt    19    2007 Las Vegas
Rafael Nadal    14    2013 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati

HARD COURT WINS LEADERS COMING INTO US OPEN (since 2005) – For the third straight year Djokovic entered the US Open as the hard court wins leader. Following the SF he has a 31-4 win-loss record on hard courts this year:

Year    Player    Hard Court W-L    US Open Result
2013    Novak Djokovic    31-4    vs. Nadal in F
2012    Novak Djokovic    29-3    Runner-up
2011    Novak Djokovic    33-1    Winner
2010    Andy Roddick    33-7    2nd round
2009    Andy Murray    34-3    Round of 16
2008    Rafael Nadal    36-7    Semifinalist
2007    James Blake    33-9    Round of 16
2006    Roger Federer    35-2    Winner
2005    Roger Federer    38-1    Winner

NADAL FASTFACTS
•  By winning his eighth Roland Garros title in June, Nadal moved into third place with Roy Emerson on the all-time list for Grand Slam singles titles.
•   Nadal is appearing in his 18th Grand Slam final. He is tied for fourth place with Rod Laver on the all-time list of most appearances in Grand Slam finals.
•   Nadal is attempting to win his 10th title this year and the 60th of his career. The previous time he won 10-more titles in a season was in 2005 when he won a career-best 11 titles.
•  Nadal was one of 16 left-handers in the main draw. He is one of six different left-handed players to win the US Open and the last lefty champ in 2010. Overall, left-handers have won 13 titles.
•   Nadal has an 18-9 career record vs World No. 1 players.
•   Nadal is the only player to win a Grand Slam singles title for nine years in a row.

US Open History:
•    The 2010 champion (d. Djokovic) is playing in his third final in 10th appearance and has a 40-8 career record. Has only been broken once and dropped one set en route to the final (holding 81 of 82 games, saving 11 of 12 BP):
o    1R (Mon.) – d. Ryan Harrison (USA) 64 62 62 in 2h06m
o    2R (Thurs.) – d.  (Q) Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) 62 61 60 in 1h32m
o    3R (Sat.) – d. Ivan Dodig (CRO)  64 63 63 in 2h08m
o    4R (Mon.) – d. No 22 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 67 64 63 61 in 3h12m
o    QF (Wed.) – d. No. 19 Tommy Robredo (ESP) 60 62 62 in 1h40m
o    SF (Sat.) – d. No. 8 Richard Gasquet (FRA) 64 76 62 in 2h21m
•    He also reached the final in his last appearance in 2011 (l. to Djokovic) and SF in 2008 (l. to Murray) and
‘09 (l. to eventual champion del Potro). Lost in QF in 2006 (l. to Youzhny)

CAREER GRAND SLAM FINALS -- Nadal has a 12-5 record in Grand Slam finals and this is the sixth time he is playing Djokovic in a final (2-3 record):

Grand Slam Tournaments    Final Result
2013 Roland Garros    d. David Ferrer 63 62 63
2012 Roland Garros    d. Djokovic 64 63 26 75
2012 Australian  Open    l. to Djokovic 57 64 62 67(5) 75
2011 US Open    l. to Djokovic 62 64 67(3) 61
2011 Wimbledon    l. to Djokovic 64 61 16 63
2011 Roland Garros    d. Federer 75 76(3) 57 61
2010 US Open    d. Novak Djokovic 64 57 64 62
2010 Wimbledon    d. Tomas Berdych 63 75 64
2010 Roland Garros    d. Robin Soderling 64 62 64
2009 Australian  Open    d. Federer 75 36 76(3) 36 62
2008 Wimbledon    d. Federer 64 64 67(5) 67(8) 97
2008 Roland Garros    d. Federer 61 63 60
2007 Wimbledon    l.  to Federer 76(7) 46 76(3) 26 62
2007 Roland Garros    d. Federer 63 46 63 64
2006 Wimbledon    l. to Federer 60 76(5) 67(2) 63
2006 Roland Garros    d. Roger Federer 16 61 64 76(4)
2005 Roland Garros    d. Mariano Puerta 67(6) 63 61 75

SERVING SUCCESS – Nadal enters the final having held serve 81 of 82 games in the tournament and in his 16 matches this summer, he’s only been broken nine times. The only time he was broken at the US Open came in the fourth game of the second set vs. Gasquet in the semi-finals. Here is a look at his tournament by tournament serving this summer:

                                       Service Games        Break Points Saved
-    US Open                      81 of 82                       11 of 12            
-    Cincinnati                     58 of 62                       14 of 18
-    Montreal                       46 of 50                       14 of 18
TOTALS                             185 of 194                   39 of 48
Note: Last player to win consecutive titles at ATP Masters 1000 Montreal & Cincinnati and the US Open is Andy Roddick in 2003

2013 TOP 10 WINS LEADERS
– Nadal leads the ATP World Tour with 16 Top 10 wins this season followed by Djokovic:
                          W-L
Rafael Nadal        16-1
Novak Djokovic        11-5
Stanislas Wawrinka      7-8
Andy Murray          5-5
Tomas Berdych          5-9

2013 MATCH WINS LEADERS
– Nadal leads the ATP World Tour this year in match wins and titles:
                           W-L  Titles
1) Rafael Nadal        59-3    9
2) Novak Djokovic    50-8    3
3) David Ferrer        46-15    2
4) Tomas Berdych    43-17    0  
5) Stanislas Wawrinka    41-16    1
    Tommy Haas        41-18    1

MULTIPLE WINNERS LIST – The winner will become the ninth multiple US Open champion in the Open Era:  
Player    Titles    Years
Jimmy Connors    5    1974, 1976, 1978, 1982-83
Roger Federer    5    2004-08
Pete Sampras    5    1990, 1993, 1995-96, 2002
John McEnroe    4    1979-81, 1984
Ivan Lendl    3    1985-87
Andre Agassi    2    1994, 1999
Stefan Edberg    2    1991-92
Patrick Rafter    2    1997-98

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