Djokovic and Federer To Face Off For US Open Title
The Top 2 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, meet for the 42nd time Sunday in what has become the most riveting rivalry in all of tennis. Each man enters the final in fantastic form – Djokovic posting a record-setting rout of defending champion Marin Cilic on Friday and Federer sweeping 28 straight sets since losing to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final. The champion receives 2,000 ranking points and $3,300,000. The runner-up receives 1,200 ranking points and $1,600,000.
US Open Final Record: Djokovic is 1-4 and Federer is 5-1 in US Open finals. The Swiss superstar returns to the final for the first time since winning five straight in 2004-08 and falling to Juan Martin del Potro in 2009.
Djokovic's Historic Season: By beating Cilic, Djokovic joined Federer and Rod Laver as just third player in the Open Era to reach all four Grand Slam finals in a single season. He has advanced to 16 of the last 21 Grand Slam finals overall. Federer reached 18 of 19 from 2005 Wimbledon-2010 Australian Open (also 18 of 21).
Federer's Historic Push: A victory Sunday would make Federer, 34, the first player in the Open Era to win six US Open titles and the oldest US Open champion since 35-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1970. Should he win in straight sets, Federer will clinch his second Grand Slam title without dropping a set (also 2007 Australian Open) and be the first US Open champion to do so in the Open Era. Neale Fraser was the last at the 1960 US Open.
Big Four Lead The Way: Since 2005 Roland Garros, when Rafael Nadal won his first Grand Slam title, the ‘Big Four’ of Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Andy Murray has accounted for 39 of 43 major titles (including Sunday’s winner). The only titles they did not win were the 2009 US Open (del Potro), 2014 Australian Open (Stan Wawrinka), 2014 US Open (Cilic) and 2015 Roland Garros (Wawrinka).
Rivalry For The Ages: Djokovic and Federer (42 matches) have met more than any other two players in the Open Era except Djokovic and Nadal (44). The pair’s respective coaches, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg met 35 times.
Second To None At Majors: This is Djokovic and Federer’s 14th Grand Slam encounter, which sets a new record for most meetings at the majors.
Djokovic In Grand Slam Finals: This is the 4th Grand Slam final meeting between Djokovic and Federer, and their 2nd straight major final this season. Djokovic has won the last two – at Wimbledon in 2014 and 2015 – after Federer won the first at the 2007 US Open. Djokovic has a 9-8 win-loss record overall in 17 Grand Slam finals and a 1-4 win-loss record in US Open finals. His only win in a US Open final came over Rafael Nadal in 2011.
All-Time Grand Slam Title Leaders: Djokovic is looking to move up to the No. 7 spot and tie Bill Tilden on the all-time Grand Slam singles titles list:
Elite Company: Djokovic is just the 3rd man in the Open Era to reach all four Grand Slam finals in a calendar year.
Rod Laver 1969*
Roger Federer 2006, 2007, 2009
Novak Djokovic 2015
* Only calendar Grand Slam in Open Era
No. 1 vs No. 2: The Top 2 seeds have met in the US Open final 13 times during the Open Era, but only three times since 1996. Djokovic has been the No. 1 seed in all three of those finals.
YEAR NO. 1 NO. 2 WINNER
2015 Djokovic Federer TBD
2013 Djokovic Nadal Nadal
2011 Djokovic Nadal Djokovic
Hard-Court Dominance: Since the start of the 2011 season, Djokovic has won more titles (26) on hard courts than he’s lost matches (25). Here is a look at his impressive record:
YEAR W-L TITLES
2011 46-5 6
2012 50-5 6
2013 53-5 6
2014 40-6 5
2015 39-4 3
Total 228-25 26
Wimbledon Final Rematch: For just the 2nd time since 1981 and 6th time in the Open Era, the US Open final is a rematch of the Wimbledon final.
Federer Aiming For Sixth US Open Title: Having won the title five straight years from 2004-2008, Roger Federer is bidding to become the first man to win six or more US Open championships in the Open Era.
Six (Or More) Grand Slam Titles: Since the abolition of the Challenge rounds at the US Championships (1912) and Wimbledon (1922), only six men have won six or more titles at the same Grand Slam tournament. If Federer were to win the 2015 US Open, he would become the first man to win six or more titles at two different Grand Slam events.
Consecutive Sets Won: Since falling to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, Federer has not dropped a set, sweeping his seventh ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati title and his first six matches at the US Open. Federer’s 28-set winning streak matches the third-best of his career. He can tie the longest if he wins the US Open final in straight sets. Of Federer’s 17 major titles, he’s won only one without dropping a set (2007 Australian Open).
Sets Of Perfection: The US Open marks the fourth time that Federer has reached a major final without dropping a set. He has won every set at a Grand Slam once from start to finish, doing so for his 10th major title at the 2007 Australian Open. Should he defeat Djokovic in straight sets, Federer will become the first player in the Open Era to win the US Open without dropping a set. Neale Fraser was the last to do so in 1960.
30+ Grand Slam Champions: Federer, who won Wimbledon in 2012 at the age of 30, is looking to become the fifth man in the Open Era to win multiple Grand Slams titles after his 30th birthday.
Career Hard Court Title Leaders: Federer is the Open Era hard-court titles leader with 59. Djokovic is 4th.
Federer in Grand Slam Finals: Federer has a 17-9 record in Grand Slam finals, highlighted by a 5-1 mark at the US Open – his best finals record at any of the majors. Since starting his career 7-0 in Grand Slam finals, Federer is 10-9, including consecutive losses to Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2014 and 2015.