The women’s side of the U.S. Open was completely unpredictable. Serena Williams’ Calendar Slam was ruined in a Semi-Final shocker, and #2 seed Simona Halep was also upset In her Semi-Final match. We then saw a pre-tournament 300-1 underdog face off against a 150-1 underdog in the all-Italian Final between Pennetta and Vinci.
If that wasn’t enough for you, Pennetta announced her retirement from tennis, after winning her U.S Open Title,but she will finish the year on the tour.
On the men’s side, things have been far more predictable. It seems like we’ve been setting up for this match since the tournament began. The #1 seed, Novak Djokovic, versus the #2 seed, Roger Federer, in what looks to be an epic Men’s Final on the grand stage of Arthur Ashe Stadium, in the media capital of the world, New York City.
Since the first time both men played against each other in 2006, it’s always been an epic battle. Even now in 2015, going into the U.S Open Final, there’s no clear-cut, pre-match favorite. With Federer’s big win over Djokovic in the Cincinnati final last month, he broke the (20-20) tie in their career H2H. Even if you want to break down their H2H meetings at the U.S. Open alone, you’ll see it’s been pretty close all along the way. Federer beat Djokovic in the Serb’s first Grand Slam final in 2007, and then again, two years later.
But Djokovic ended up flipping the script in 2010 and 2011, beating Federer in five sets after saving two match points both times. How about recent meetings? Does either guy have an advantage? Nope. They’ve played five times in 2015. Djokovic won in Indian Wells, Rome, and at Wimbledon. Federer won in Dubai and Cincinnati.
One thing, in soon to be hall of famer, Roger Federer’s favor, is that he should have a little more confidence than he did at Wimbledon. He walked onto those grass courts after being thumped by Joker in Rome. He’s walking onto the hard courts at Flushing Meadows with a straight set win over Nole at Cincinnati.
It looks like the conditions for the final won’t be as good as they were in the Cincinnati Final. The hot & sunny conditions at Cincinnati sped up the court, and favored Federer far more than Djokovic. A little less than an hour before the match, it’s 75 degrees, with 55% humidity, mostly cloudy, and an 8mph SSW wind. The temperature could drop to as low as 70 degrees towards the conclusion of the match. You would have to think the slower conditions are setting up to favor Djokovic, much like the cooler overcast conditions did for him at Wimbledon.
One thing that can be said, though, is there’s no guessing who the New York City crowd will behind in this U.S. Open Final. 20,000+ New Yorkers will be behind FedEx, and they will be loud. Not only does the sound resonate inside of Ashe, but New Yorkers are not exactly known for being quiet people. Much of the opposite can be said, actually. This coming from someone who grew up here for 30+ years of his life. We are loud, and we are proud!
Either way, whoever you’re rooting for, all of us should be in for a treat. In the words of Roger Federer, himself…”I think it’s just a straight shootout, and I think that’s the cool thing about our rivalry.”
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