US Open Tennis 2012: Novak Djokovic Will Dismantle Andy Murray to Win Grand Slam

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US Open Tennis 2012: Novak Djokovic Will Dismantle Andy Murray to Win Grand Slam
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The 2012 U.S. Open men's final features two stars on the opposite end of the tennis spectrum.

Andy Murray is looking for his first Grand Slam title; Novak Djokovic is looking for his fifth Grand Slam in two years.

Here is why Djokovic will add to his total and Murray will still be looking come 2013.

 

Hard court

Djokovic is the world's greatest hard-court player. It's his playground; he has only lost three times all year on the surface, and he's having a down year.

His movement is pure, he capitalizes on his first serve and he doesn't make many mistakes. Murray has played him tough in general, even on hard courts, but he has yet to defeat him on this type of platform. 

That experience will go a long way. 

 

Form

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Andy Murray has performed well in 2012, nobody can deny that. With making it to the 2012 Wimbledon final and winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics, Murray has just about maxed out for the calender year, however.

As Roger Federer bowed out relatively early in the 2012 U.S. Open, and Rafael Nadal decided not to partake in the annual event, the door to the final was open for several players.

Murray took advantage of a glorious opportunity, but he hasn't been on the same level as Djokovic during the U.S. Open. 

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Djokovic has only dropped one set all tournament, and that was to David Ferrer in about 20 mph winds and treacherous playing conditions. On Sunday, Djokovic proved why he is the world's best hard-court player by routing Ferrer in three straight sets following the opener.

Compare his tournament numbers to Murray (lost three sets), and clearly Djokovic's form is better than Murray's. 

 

Prediction

Djokovic proved why he is the best hard-court player on the planet Sunday when he defeated a mentally tough Ferrer in four sets. 

Murray has played fantastic tennis in 2012, but that Grand Slam will have to wait another year when he comes up short of the prize.

Djokovic wins 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. 

 


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