NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Novak Djokovic meets Rafael Nadal in what many are describing as the ideal clash in the US Open men’s final from Flushing Meadows in New York today.
World No. 1 holds a slight 3-2 advantage in major grand slam final head-to-head clashes between the two powerhouses, but the No. 2 ranked Nadal took the last clash when the pair met at the French Open in 2012.
This is the second the pair are meeting in the US Open and they’ve split the meetings.
In 2010 Nadal won the battle, but Djokovic returned the following year to seal victory.
Djokovic defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in his semi-finals book a place in Monday’s final, while Nadal secured his passage with an impressive victory over a battling Richard Gasquet.
Today’s final will be 37th clash between the two players, with Nadal leading 21-15 overall.
“Novak is an amazing competitor. His results say he is one of best players I have ever seen,” Nadal was quoted as saying.
“He’s a great champion and it will be a tough final for me but I hope I will be ready for that.”
Meanwhile, Djokovic said of Nadal: “It’s always the biggest challenge that you can have in our sport now.
“I mean, he’s the ultimate competitor out there. He’s fighting for every ball, and he’s playing probably the best tennis that he ever played on hardcourts.”