Rafael Nadal did not compete in the tournament and Roger Federer was shockingly upset in the quarterfinals by Tomas Berdych. That denied spectators a Federer vs. Murray match for the third time this summer, but it gave the Scot an easier path to the final.
Djokovic benefited from not having to face Nadal on the way to the biggest match of the tournament, and he cruised past David Ferrer to face Murray.
Here is everything you need to know about the match.
Where: Flushing Meadows, New York City, NY
When: Monday, September 10, 4 p.m. ET
Live Stream: US Open Live
For Murray, this is his second chance of the summer to win his first major. Federer defeated him in the finals at Wimbledon, and this seems to have spurred him to new heights.
The Scot returned to the courts at Wimbledon for the 2012 London Olympics and defeated Djokovic in the semifinals and Federer in the gold medal match.
Djokovic and Murray have faced each other 14 times, with Djokovic winning eight times and Murray taking six of the meetings.
While their most recent match was dominated by Murray, a better indicator for how this contest will go would be their meeting earlier this year on the hard courts at the Australian open. Djokovic was at the height of his power, and Murray pushed him to all five sets in the semifinal match before losing.
This is the ninth major final for Djokovic, while it is Murray’s fifth time reaching this stage at a slam. While the Serb clearly has more experience in matches of this magnitude, Murray is seasoned enough for this not to be a crucial factor.
The final will certainly be close as these two players are extremely evenly matched. However, Murray is the player in better form this summer.
Prediction: Murray wins in four sets
The bitter taste of defeat at Wimbledon and the confidence gained by winning a gold medal is the perfect blend of motivation for Murray to finally push through and win a major.
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