Novak Djokovic is an all-court player with an aggressive baseline style and is the watchword in consistency. He has solid ground-strokes off both wings and can hit deep, pinning his opponents to the back of the court, where he can dictate play all day long.
His backhand down the line is probably one of the best in the game and can switch from defence with physics-defying elasticity to attacking tennis. He has a consistent serve but does not need to rely on it.
Djokovic is the living epitome of making an opponent hit an extra ball, thanks to his agility and court coverage. While Juan Martin Del Potro can approach and has great feel at the net, Djokovic’s speed around the court gives him an edge.
Much like his backhand – Djokovic’s returning skill puts him right up there with some of the best in the game – it is very hard to ace him and his ability to get to serves and send it back is one thing, but it is the depth and more importantly the pace it comes back with, which makes his returning a stand out.
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Djokovic has the momentum
While it has not been all one-way traffic, and at times in that first match it looked like Djokovic was about to keel over in the heat and the humidity, he comes into this swing with a Wimbledon title and the not inconsiderable achievement of winning the Cincinnati Masters title finally, which gives him a Masters set.
Djokovic is the in-form player of this hard-court series, and what better way to close out it out than with a third title.
While both he and Del Potro are former champions, Del Potro’s experience at Slams speaks volumes. He is gunning for a 14th Slam and his last was a few months ago. That is not to say that Del Potro does not have some solid memories of his fantastic victory over Roger Federer in 2009, but he was very much the under-dog whereas here his ranking places him above Djokovic.
On paper the Serbian is the underdog, and his battles coming back from injury seem to have reinstalled a fighting spirit, which will see him on his way to the title.
The US Open Men’s Singles final is scheduled on Arthur Ashe Stadium at 4pm (9pm BST).
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