Sunday 11th September. 9PM. British Eurosport
A phenomenal fortnight in New York comes to a thrilling climax with Sunday night’s Men’s final as Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka renew their rivalry on the Grand Slam stage. While British fans will be gutted not to see Andy Murray in action, Sunday’s showpiece promises to be an absolute thriller.
Both men have played some excelled tennis at Flushing Meadows, not least with their respective semi-final victories. But only one man can lift the final Grand Slam title of the year, and the accompanying $3.5m cheque.
Djokovic Out To Capture Slam 13
After the shock early exit at Wimbledon, the world number one has bounced back in bullish style and is now just three sets short of winning his third Grand Slam title of the year. If he does, his 13th career title will see him close in to just one behind Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras, and just four behind Roger Federer.
Djokovic should be feeling fresh too, thanks to a walkout and two early retirements en route to Sunday’s final. When he has had to play, though, the Serb has been irresistible once more. If he plays to his best, a third US Open crown should be on the cards.
Should the favourite retain his title, he’d be the first man to achieve the feat in New York since Federer in 2008. Given that the Serb holds a 19-4 head-to-head record, as well as a 4-2 record in Grand Slam events, confidence certainly won’t be a problem.
If he can find top gear with his counter play, Grand Slam number 13 will be in the cabinet. But that’s a lot easier said than done.
Wawrinka Aiming For Grand Slam Final Hat-Trick
Wawrinka’s haul of two Grand Slam titles doesn’t do the player justice and he would have won a lot more in any other era. Nevertheless, he will step out onto the Arthur Ashe as the overwhelming underdog for good reason.
The number three seed has plenty of reason for optimism following a huge performance against Kei Nishikori on Friday night. And when he does get to finals, he tends to do well too. The Swiss star has won both of his previous Grand Slam finals in just four sets, with his most recent coming against Djokovic at Roland Garros.
It’s hard to read too much into a win on clay, but the mental boost could have a big influence on Wawrinka. However, for a man to beat a player of Djokovic’s quality in his first final at Flushing Meadows will take an immense effort.
Then again, if we’ve learnt anything from Wawrinka in recent times. Whatever happens, it should be a cracking final,
US Open Final: Novak Djokovic v Stanislas Wawrinka Betting
Unsurprisingly, it’s Djokovic who enters this final as the firm favourite at 1/3 with Bet365. However, at odds of 12/5, Wawrinka shouldn’t be ruled out entirely.
Both superstars should be at the top of their games, and they’ll be equally confident when serving. Breaks could be few and far between throughout the clash, and we don’t see any happening in the first six games.
The chance to double our money with 3-3 after six games is far too good to ignore.
While every set has the potential to go the distance, Djokovic will be the favourite to clinch a third Grand Slam of the year and will be fully expected to do so in style.
We’re not sure he can win three sets on the spin, but do fancy the world number one to win with a degree of relative comfort. We’re backing Wawrinka to take a set, but only one; 3-1 to Djokovic.