Keeping this short and to the point. You should know what happened yesterday and what’s at stake tomorrow. The heavy weights have advanced and are ready to square-off in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship. Roger has five USO titles, winning five in a row from ’04 to ’08. Novak, six years younger than Federer, won his only USO in 2011, but has been to the finals on four other occasions. Novak could win his 10th major with a win tomorrow, his third of 2015. Regardless of what happens tomorrow, the Serb will have played in all four 2015 major finals. His is a dominant game. The beating he gave Cilic in yesterday’s first SF was tremendous consolidation of his place at the top (not to mention what it says about the Croat’s game/last year’s diabolic curse on the game that I have said way too much about already). Nole should be in spectacular form tomorrow to meet his primary nemesis.
Roger is attempting to win his 18th major. His legacy is ballooning as we speak. I have written at length about this; he’s on a long farewell tour, so to speak. But he keeps surviving these draws, even at 34. If you watch him play, you know why.
I have been pretty solid on my picks, but this one leaves me only wanting to watch the match and enjoy what will probably be a war. This has a very different feel for me than the Wimbledon final did. I had Djokovic all day in that match even though Federer slapped that Brit around in the SF, which many thought meant he was in tip top form. The Brit is a cow. And Djokovic owns Wimbledon at this point. The only pause I had was a colleague of mine at the Ultimate Tennis Blog declared Roger would win his eighth Wimby with incredible confidence, but even that wasn’t enough to move me off of Djokovic.
I have a different feeling about this final.
Roger took some time off after his All England Club beatdown.
He rejoined the tour in Cincinnati. We have been following along on this North American hard court run of his since that dominant tournament win, his seventh Cincy title, where he out classed you know who.
A lot of talk about his current tennis form. The hard courts purify the game, make it difficult for players to hide deficiencies. Not a coincidence that Roger has five of these and so does Pete Sampras. This is big boy tennis. Physical play, highlighting athleticism and all around game.
Roger’s game right now is of such a sincere attacking style. I wanted the Wawrinka match to be more competitive in order to watch more of said attacking tennis. Stan brought a very good form to that SF. He was fighting for his life by the beginning of the second set. Down 0-40 in three straight service games, the numbers became unbearable. Roger’s return game was ruthless. His serve was also incredibly on point. If he can play that kind of return (with or without SABR) and serve well tomorrow, he should really benefit.
Djokovic barely broke a sweat in his SF. But it was enough to see he is in great form. He looks as good as he needs to be to win his second USO. Both are fresh. Let the games begin.
I think Roger has enough to win this, but I have difficulty imagining Novak going away unless Roger is simply superb. A lot of us feel Roger needs the first set. This seems pretty logical. Others have said he could go five with the Serb and I suppose anything could happen then.
Novak’s defensive game will keep him in just about any match and his offense is top of the sport too. He’s #1, so not too many deficiencies in his game. Roger has his work cut-out. So does Novak.
Here’s to a brilliant match tomorrow between two great champions. Cheers, folks.
Enjoy the match!