US Open Tennis 2012: 3 Reasons to Watch the Men's Final

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US Open Tennis 2012: 3 Reasons to Watch the Men's Final
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The elements have once again played havoc with the men's final of the U.S. Open and, for that matter, the women's final as well. As has been the case since 2008, weather and similar factors will result in the men's final being delayed to Monday.

Typically, the U.S. Open has what is known as Super Saturday, where we get the two men's semifinals matches and sandwiched between them is the women's final. This year, only a third of the equation ever got completed.

The men's semifinal between Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych was played out in some of the most difficult weather conditions imaginable for a tennis match. Winds at anywhere from 20 to 30 mph were blowing everything from trash cans to Andy Murray's hat all over the place.

Murray managed to handle these conditions better than Berdych, and he advanced to the men's Final with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7) victory.

According to ESPN,  Murray said the conditions were "probably the toughest" he'd ever faced.

The conditions would get tougher. In the other men's semifinal, defending champion Novak Djokovic was scheduled to face off against fourth-seeded David Ferrer. They actually began the first set, and Ferrer had, rather stunningly, raced out to a 5-2 lead before officials had seen enough of the inclement weather and suspended the match until Sunday morning.

The weather also caused the women's final between top-seeded Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams to be moved to Sunday as well.

So what we know about the men's final is that Andy Murray will be trying to once again win a Grand Slam title and become the first British male to win a major championship in 76 years.

He will either be facing Djokovic or Ferrer. Either opponent creates opportunities for Murray—and obstacles as well.

No matter the ultimate matchup, there are three very good reasons to watch the men's final on Monday.

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