Roger Federer: Analyzing How World No. 1 Matches Up with Other US Open Favorites

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 2, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after defeating Fernando Verdasco of Spain during their men's singles third round match on Day Six of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The current world No. 1 in men's tennis, Roger Federer, looks poised to win a sixth career U.S. Open championship this September in Flushing Meadows.

Fed has cruised through the first three rounds of the year's final Grand Slam, and he'll likely find himself pitted against Andy Murray in the semifinals barring any earth-shaking upsets.

If the tennis legend could top Murray and make the final, he would most likely face Novak Djokovic, the world No. 2 and defending U.S. Open champion. 

So, how does Federer match up with the other two tournament favorites?

Let's analyze a pair of potential 2012 U.S. Open matches featuring the Swiss star. 

 

Roger Federer vs. Andy Murray

To put it kindly, Roger Federer owns Andy Murray in Grand Slams. Fed is 3-0 against Murray in Grand Slam meetings; all three have come in tournament finals.

The only advantage that Murray has against Federer is momentum. He most recently beat him in the gold-medal match of the 2012 London Olympics at Wimbledon.

Murray is also six years younger than Fed, but we have yet to see age slow the 17-time Grand Slam champion; even at 31, he has excelled.

The 25-year-old Scotsman has beaten Fed nine times in 17 head-to-head matches, so it's not impossible by any stretch for Murray to advance to the final in Queens.

Still, Federer has the psych-out factor in his advantage at a Grand Slam such as this.

Murray has never won a Grand Slam tournament despite all his greatness, and that will loom large in his mind if he finds himself in a showdown with Fed in the semis.

 

Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic

Without a doubt, Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic would be a dream 2012 U.S. Open final matchup on the men's side.

Fed and Nole have met 11 times in Grand Slam tournaments over the years, with Fed having won six of those meetings. 

The two players have a spectacular rivalry at the U.S. Open, however. From 2007 through 2009, Federer disposed of Djokovic three straight years at Flushing Meadows. 

Nole has won the last two meetings with Fed in the U.S. Open semifinals in 2010 and 2011; however, each match went the distance, five sets. 

The key to Djokovic's success against Federer as of late, though, has been his development on the hard court. Nole prefers the hard surface, and it's no surprise why.

He is 68-11 all time in hard-court Grand Slam singles play and without question Fed's greatest threat this September. 

 

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