Sunday, September 8, 2013

The final decided -Nadal V Djokovic

So it's now the final that everybody was expecting, Nadal against Djokovic. Last night Djokovic had to battle his way after a slow start to his forth consecutive US Open final against a very in form Stanislas Wawrinka. Wawrinka who previously enjoyed a straight sets win over Andy Murrayfired 57 winners during the 4 hours and 9 minutes match compared to Djokovics 38. On the other hand the Swiss did produce 23 more errors than Djokovic (69-46). With two sets a piece going in to the deciding set there was a impressive 21 minute game with Wawrinka saving 5 break points. This triumph was still unfortunately not enough for the Swiss as Djokovic edged his was finally to a 26 76 36 63 64 victory. After his victory the top seed acknowledge Wawrinka's good performance:-
"Wawrinka was a better player for most of the match because he was aggressive and played better tennis," said Djokovic.
"I just tried to hang on and fight and be mentally tough and believe all the way through I could actually win.
"And I sincerely believed that as the match progressed maybe I would have that physical edge over him.
"Also, being in these kind of matches and situations and playing on a big stage in semi-finals, maybe that experience could give me a little bit more confidence mentally."

It safe to that Djokovics match was the most entertaining match on Saturday as Rafael Nadal had a far more easier route to the final against France's Richard Gasquet. Nadal who has only dropped one set on his way to the final needed two hours and 21 minutes to dismiss the Frenchman in three sets - 64 76 62. Nadal recorded a impressive 71% first serves in (winning 76% of them) as well as a 100% break point rate (4/4). After his win Nadal said:-
"Last year I didn't have the chance to play on this court,"
"To have the chance to play in the final on Monday is just a dream for me. It has been two amazing weeks.
"Novak is a great champion and will be a tough final for me, but I hope to be ready for that."

Djokovic-Nadal head to head

  • They have played each other 36 times since 2006- Nadal is currently leading 21-15.
  • On hardcourt's Djokovic lead 11 wins to 6.
  • At the US Open tournament Nadal has spent 12hrs 59mins on court, to 12hrs 55mins for Djokovic
  • 2013 win-loss. Djokovic is 49-8 (86%) compared to Nadal's 53-3 (94.6%).
  • Their meeting at the Australian Open in 2012 was 5 hours and 53 minutes.
  • FACT – They are the only pair to meet each other in the final of all four grand slams in open history.

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