It’s Djoker vs the White Knight in the final of US Open 2015
Out of the many famous one liners in the Dark Knight “You complete me” perhaps fits best for the Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic rivalry. The two have been the most consistent performers regularly meeting in the final stages of big tournaments from last year. Roger Federer is the living breathing example of the phrase “glide like a bird, sting like a bee”. Djokovic on the other hand resembles the real life version of Dr. Reed a.k.a Mr. Fantastic for his rubber like athletism on court. The only difference being that unlike Christopher Nolan’s iconic movie the US Open finals of 2015 its not a fight between good and evil but a fight amongst two super heroes of tennis Tennis aficionados in New York will get to witness the world’s best against probably the best player to ever hold a racquet battle it out inside the Aurthur Ashe stadium on September 13.
While the women’s side of the draw saw world number 1 and number 2 crash out in the semifinals, their counter parts in the men’s segment have lived up to the expectation marching into the finals with relative ease.
Coming into the match many had questioned Djokovic’s game play as the top seed had dropped couple of sets in the previous rounds. On the contrary Marin Cilic had once again surprised many by his semi final run at the tournament; this was after considering that 12 months ago Cilic had held the trophy in his hands. Djokovic though put all his doubters to rest by hitting winners on both flanks and bageling the defending champ in the first set. Cilic though was able to salvage some pride by opening his account in the next two sets but the Serb was ruthless in his 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 rout of the Croat.
Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka took to the court after Djokovic’s 85 minute blitz on court. While Federer-Wawrinka match was expected to be a slugfest, Federer turned it into an on court masterclass as he defeated his compatriot in straight sets.
Unlike last year when both Federer and Djokovic were expected to meet in the finals they both shockingly lost in the semifinals but both have gone one better this time round. While Djokovic has become only the third player after Laver and Federer to contest in the finals of all 4 grandslams in the same year, Federer has been creating new records of his own. He is yet to drop a set since losing out the Novak in the finals at the All England Club a couple of months back. He is yet to lose a match since turning 34 last month (perhaps people stopped wishing him after his 28th birthday and he’s still stuck on that age or maybe he has found the exhilir of youth).
What’s on the line for both players?
Apart from collecting a cool 3.3 million dollar pay cheque both players have many milestones to look forward too ahead of the finals. A victory for the Serb would see him enter the double digits in the Grand Slam tally and also improving his record in New York. Strangely Djokovic’s performances at the big apple haven’t been able to match his exploits down under as Nole has just a solitary US Open title against his name. Federer on the other hand will be looking to extend his Grand Slam tally to 18 and also in the process become the oldest man in nearly a century to win a major in New York. By reaching a final he already is the oldest finalist since a 35 year old Andre Agassi in 2005.
Although the world number two has his nose ahead with a 21-20 head to head in their rivalry it is Djokovic who has had the last laugh in their recent Grand Slam encounters. Statistics aside the Federer-Djokovic match promises to be another epic encounter in their rivalry and no matter the outcome a real tennis fan would be the winner.