Novak Djokovic Will Salvage Year with Grand Slam Victory at US Open

Justin WeltonAnalyst IISeptember 7, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point during his men's singles quarterfinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Novak Djokovic must be lost. 

When he wakes up tomorrow morning, he will be surrounded by Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer in the 2012 U.S. Open Semifinals. Wait, what? No Roger Federer? No Rafael Nadal

Djokovic must capitalize on this glorious opportunity to win another Grand Slam. He'll do just that in convincing fashion, too.

If anyone had an up-and-down year it was clearly Djokovic. After coming off a ridiculous 2011 campaign where he went 70-6 (according to ESPN), he has dropped 10 matches.

Djokovic has won one Grand Slam compared to three last year. His losses came to guys like John Isner, Andy Murray and Janko Tipsarevic. 

But all of his downfalls this year will be forgotten (to an extent) if he can win the 2012 U.S. Open. Judging by the competition, there should be no reason for Djokovic not to win.

Putting his competition to the side for a minute, Djokovic's best surface is the hard court. He has dominated that surface in recent history, going 27-3 in 2012 despite having a sub-par campaign compared to one year ago.

 

Prediction

Djokovic has proved his hard-court worth, winning every match of the 2012 U.S. Open in straight sets. With an easily beatable field, playing on his virtual playground, Djokovic will roll to another Grand Slam victory.