US Open Dream Final – Djokovic vs Federer

** Update Roger Federer wins 2007 US open **

Tonight both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer secured their place in the 2007 US Open final. This will be a rematch of the Montreal masters final last month, which Djokovic won beating Roddick, Nadal and Federer to win his second masters title of the year. Now the young Serbian looks to win his first grand slam title and stop Federer’s dominance of the US open. 

Both Federer and Djokovic won their semifinals in straight sets. First on court today was Djokovic, where after a very tough close first set he eventually rolled over the Spaniard David Ferrer 6-4 6-4 6-3. In the second semi Federer took on Nikolai Davydenko; the first set in this match was also close, with Federer eventually winning out 7-5 6-1 7-5.

Djokovic showed his stubborn fighting quality; he was down 4-1 in the opening set, and under the blazing New York sun at Flushing Meadows successfully broke Ferrer serve twice in succession to win the first set. Ferrer had already eliminated second seed and fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal earlier in the week.

Djokovic and Federer have already met on five previous occasions despite the short career of Djokovic. Federer leads 4-1 currently, but crucially their last match was the previously mentioned Montreal Masters which Djokovic won on a third set tie break. We can expect to see these two compete more and more. I expect that in the future their rivalry will eclipse that of Nadal and Federer that’s been the focus of mens tennis over the last two years.

Djokovic will be the youngest US Open finalist since Pete Sampras in 1990. Andy Murray, who is only 7 days older than Novak, will be more determined than ever to make his way back to full fitness now that his good friend and rival has reached his first grand slam final.

In most finals Federer enters, he is an overwhelming odds on favourite to win. But I believe that Djokovic has a real chance to stake his place in history. However Federer, the Ice-Man of tennis, will not let his grip on the mens game loosen easily and we are surely in for the best US Open final in many years. The US Open final has only seen a 5 set match once in the last twenty years, when in 1999 Andre Agassi beat Todd Martin.