|Head to Head||20||21|
|Avg. opponents rank||36.5||26.5|
|Avg. time on court||2:10||1:38|
|Highest Ranked opponent||9 ( Cilic )||5 ( Wawrinka )|
World number 1, Novak Djokovic and the greatest player of all time, Roger Federer, have faced each other a total of 41 times in their career. But still this rivalry seems fresh and new. Unlike the Federer-Nadal rivalry, these two players are not really fond of each other. There has always been a tinge of personal battle between the two.
Tennis, however, is an incredibly clean sport, thus making the rivalry healthy and productive. These two players push each other to the limit because they very dearly wish to beat each other. After his semi-finals match, Roger had the following to say about Novak.
He’s had a tremendous year .There’s a lot on the line when we play each other. He’s tough to beat. I like that challenge, and I’ll be ready for it.
In his semi-finals encounter, Roger made short work of his fellow countryman and good friend, Stan Wawrinka, winning in straight sets. Novak too, just needed 85 minutes to polish off the defending champion, Marin Cilic and book his place into the finals.
Federer, on Sunday, will bid for a record sixth U.S. open title. Federer’s implacable run from 2004 till 2008 at the U.S. open is still one of the best performances by a player at the Open. A win on Sunday will add another Grand Slam title to the legions of titles in Roger’s cabinet. 18th Grand Slam title to be precise.
Novak, on the other hand will look to take his Grand Slam tally into the double digits. He currently holds 9 Grand Slam titles to his name and is ranked 5th in the Open era.
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Novak has been playing exquisite tennis for quite some time now. This will be his 11th consecutive finals this year. A point worth noting here is that Novak has lost 4 of the five U.S. Open finals in which he has played.
This will be a very closely contested match. Check out those numbers and decide which side you are on. I will be rooting for the SABR man.