The 2012 U.S. Open men's final will come down to Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. For anyone who has watched this tournament unfold in the past couple of weeks, the final pairing should not come as much of a surprise to anyone.
Possibly the two best hard court players in the world will meet later today in the final match of the greatest hard court tennis tournament in the world.
Djokovic is the defending champion and is seeking to capture his fifth Grand Slam title in the past two years. If he can accomplish this feat, he will take a huge step forward towards being considered one of the all-time greats.
Standing in his way will be Andy Murray, the man who beat him at the 2012 Olympic Games. It was Murray's 7-5, 7-5 win over Djokovic a little over a month ago that propelled Murray to eventually win the gold medal in London. Djokovic, deflated by the defeat, failed to medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.
For Murray, this will be his fifth chance to try and capture a Grand Slam title. He has fallen short on all four prior occasions. But his gold medal performance in London seems to have filled Murray with the confidence that he will need to defeat a champion like Djokovic.
The two men seem evenly matched. They have split the past four meetings with each other. But Djokovic won the last time that the two men played on hard courts, and according to USA Today, Djoker has been an unreal 27-0 on hard courts in Grand Slam events the past two years.
Can Murray break through and become the first British male to win a Grand Slam event since 1936?
I believe he can, but it will not be easy.
Here are five keys that will lead to a historic triumph for Andy Murray at the 2012 U.S. Open.