The 2012 U.S. Open schedule will conclude with a collision between two of tennis’ brightest stars.
Start Time: Monday, September 10th at 4:00 p.m. EDT
TV Info: CBS
While Djokovic has had Murray’s number in the past—he boasts five Grand Slam titles compared to Murray’s goose egg, including a head-to-head victory in the 2011 Australian Open—you better believe the Serbian will seek revenge for his latest loss to him.
Representing Great Britain, the Scottish star eliminated Djoker in the semifinals of the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Djokovic went home empty-handed, while Murray claimed the gold medal.
Djokovic is the No. 2 ranked player in the world, behind only Roger Federer, but he doesn’t believe the odds to win the U.S. Open final are in his favor.
After his triumph over David Ferrer on Sunday, he said (via Diane Pucin of the Los Angeles Times):
I don't think there's any clear favorite. He's looking for his first Grand Slam title. I'm sure he's going to be very motivated. Hopefully, we can both come up with our best tennis for this crowd.
Djokovic is right in that it may indeed be Murray’s best shot ever at a Grand Slam. The underdog said of his goals going into the showdown (via the Los Angeles Times):
It's the last thing that I really want to achieve in my career. It's obviously very important for me. Winning the Olympics does take a bit of the pressure off. I feel a lot better after that. Maybe I have fewer doubts about myself and my place in the game just now.
When this match is replaying on ESPN Classic years from now, make sure you’re able to say you watched it live.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.