US Open 2012 Men's Final: Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray Will Produce Epic Match

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 10, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03:  Andy Murray (R) of Great Britain is congratulated by Novak Djokovic (L) of Serbia after his 7-5, 7-5 win in the Semifinal of Men's Singles Tennis on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wimbledon on August 3, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Get ready for a classic men's final at the 2012 U.S. Open.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have always played each other tight, and Monday's final will be no exception.

The two men have split their four meetings in 2012. Meanwhile, in their career series, Djokovic has a slight edge over Murray with eight wins to six.

With that being said, Murray's current roll has to be taken into consideration. He won Olympic gold in London last month, and that Olympic run included a straight sets victory over Djokovic (7-5, 7-5).

In addition, before that triumph at the All England Club, Murray reached the Wimbledon final as well. 

It's been something of a breakout year for the Scot, but he needs to capture the U.S. Open title to make it truly monumental. He has, of course, yet to capture a Grand Slam in his career.

That accomplishment could launch Murray into the ranks of the elite.

Djokovic is already elite. He captured one of the three Grand Slam tournaments played this year when he won the Australian Open in January. What's more, if he wins on Monday, he'll be the only player to capture multiple Grand Slam titles in 2012.

Murray will not make it easy for him. This match seems destined to go to a fifth set, and I'd be shocked if at least one of those sets isn't decided by a tie-breaker.

Djokovic won an epic semifinal meeting with Murray at the Australian Open, and this one will likely be just as great. However, I predict Murray will be the one that is victorious this time. 

Murray will culminate his great 2012 with his first major championship.


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