Rafael Nadal will be taking on Novak Djokovic in the final match at the U.S. Open, and there are a number of factors that will impact this matchup.
The match will start at 5 p.m. ET on Monday September 9 and will be on CBS. It will be an incredibly exciting match between two of the best tennis players in the world, and it's sure to be a close match throughout.
Each player will be looking to get an edge, and there are several factors that will help determine the outcome of the match.
These two have played each other plenty of times before. According to ESPN Stats & Info, this will be the sixth time that the two will face each other in a Grand Slam final.
The two have played against each other in 36 matches. Nadal leads the rivalry 21-15 overall, but things are different when the two play each other on a bigger stage. In Grand Slam matches, Nadal has a 7-3 lead, but Djokovic has a 3-2 lead when the two go up against each other in Grand Slam finals.
Nadal was able to win the last Grand Slam final the two went against each other in, but Djokovic won the previous three. It will be interesting to see them go at it once again, but there's little doubt that the two know each other very well.
This is going to be a huge factor in this match, and it is quite clear that Nadal has the advantage.
Heading into this event, Nadal has coasted through the U.S. Open. He's won in three straight sets in all but one match this tournament, with the other ending in four sets during the fourth round of play.
Meanwhile, Djokovic has to be a bit tired. While he was able to win in three straight sets through the first four rounds, he's had some trouble in the quarterfinals and semifinals. He won in four sets in the quarterfinals and had to battle back to win in five sets in the semifinals.
The two will only have one day in between rounds, so that's not a whole lot of time for these guys to recover. Djokovic will be at a pretty big disadvantage in this category, but he will still keep Nadal on his toes and the match will likely still be a close one.
Everyone knows that Nadal is the king of the clay courts, but this will be held on a hard court, and that will make things a bit more interesting.
The U.S. Open uses a kind of hard court called DecoTurf. It is made with layers of rubber, silica and other materials that create a slightly different feel to the court compared to more traditional hard courts.
When the two have played each other on any kind of hard court, Djokovic has won 11 of the 17 matches. The two have only played each other in this event and on this surface twice, with each of them taking a win.
The court isn't made of clay, and that's going to make this a much more intense match.