US Open 2012 Schedule: Power Ranking Potential Men's Finals Matchups

Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 3, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02:  Andy Roddick of the United States celebrates a point during his men's singles third round match against Fabio Fognini of Italy on Day Seven of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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We know the likely candidates for the U.S. Open's final matchup at Arthur Ashe Stadium, but that doesn't necessarily give a perfect indicator of who everyone wants to see.

As the storylines at Flushing Meadows continue to get more and more intriguing, the potential dream matchups start to enter the horizon. Let's take a look at the best possible finals matchups still available. 

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3. Andy Murray vs. Novak Djokovic

Their last six matches have went Djokovic, Murray, Djokovic, Murray, Djokovic, Murray. Four of those have been on the hard court (2-2), including the Australian Open earlier this year, which took a fifth-set 7-5 win for Djokovic, the eventual champion, to advance. 

There really aren't two top players who have looked more even than Murray and Djokovic, who have already faced off four times this year.

Djokovic is easily the more accomplished of the two, but he hasn't played his best tennis coming into New York while the Brit is without a doubt at the top of his game. That just makes a potential finals duel between these guys even more intriguing than it already was. 


2. Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic

Because everyone—with the exception of diehard Fed-Ex fans—knows that it's impossible to put any stock in the final of the Western & Southern Open a couple of weeks ago.

If you missed it, that match saw Federer throw a bagel on Djokovic in the first set before winning a tiebreak in the second to take his title. But Djoker looked exhausted both physically and mentally as it appeared he simply didn't want to be there.

But after a week-long break, it looks as though Djokovic is back to his normal self. Seeing him go up against the "other" top player in the world right now would likely give us four of five sets that would mimic the tiebreak in Cincinnati. 

It's a matchup that would normally be No. 1 on everyone's wishlist. 


1. Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick

Except for this year. 

Roddick, a future Hall of Famer, announced his retirement late last week, making it known that the U.S. Open, the tournament in which he won his only major, would be his last. 

The former World No. 1 has had the unfortunate timing of being in his prime at the same time of Federer and Rafael Nadal, but there's no questioning his talent and no questioning what he's brought to the game of tennis.

It's only appropriate to send him out on the right stage. 

The final at Flushing Meadows against Roger Federer, the man who has beaten him in all four of his other major finals appearances, would be a last professional match made in heaven for Andy Roddick. 

It would be pretty good for us, too.