Weather has once again forced the U.S. Open men's final to take place on Monday. It's the fifth straight year delays throughout the event caused the schedule to get pushed back, but that will be the last thing on Novak Djokovic's mind as he looks to defend his title against Andy Murray.
Last year, Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in four sets to win his first U.S. Open championship. While Nadal was forced to withdraw prior to the tournament due to a lingering knee issue, Djokovic has cruised to the final again.
Let's take a look at the viewing information for the championship match followed by a preview and a prediction for who will take home the hardware.
Where: Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, N.Y.
When: Monday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. ET
Preview and Prediction
Djokovic has won the last three Grand Slam tournaments played on hard courts dating back to last year's Australian Open. It's a run that's even more impressive when you consider it's an era with four dominant players all capable of success on the surface.
He's faced barely any resistance en route to the final, dropping just one set in his six matches. And that came against David Ferrer in the semifinals. When he elevates his game to the point it has been for these past two weeks, he's the best player in the world.
Murray has been on quite a roll of his own, though. He reached the final of Wimbledon and won a gold medal at the London Olympics. Even though it wasn't the elusive first major title he's been seeking, it had to do wonders for his confidence heading into a big match like Monday's final.
The biggest key will be how aggressive Murray plays. He must continue to take chances by going for winners instead of relying on his defense to simply keep points alive. It's what he did so well all summer, and has carried it over to New York.
It should be a tremendous match. The difference between the two players is minimal, meaning a handful of break points will ultimately decide the final Grand Slam champion of the season. Given his recent track record in hard court majors, I give the slight edge to Djokovic.
Prediction: Djokovic in four sets
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