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2015 US Open Men’s Singles Final – Sunday, September 13 at Flushing Meadows, New York
H2H record: Federer leads 21-20
Novak Djokovic (1)
$1.75 at William Hill
2015 hardcourt record: 40-4
Roger Federer (2)
$2.14 at www.CrownBet.com
2015 hardcourt record: 27-2
COULD we have asked for a better finale to the 2015 Grand Slam circuit?
One of the great rivalries in world tennis will pick up again on Sunday when Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer meet in the US Open final for just the second time.
The pair haven’t clashed in the decider at Flushing Meadows since 2007, when Federer claimed his fourth US Open crown with a straight-sets win.
That was Djokovic’s very first appearance in a major singles final, but it’s a very different story now as the world number one looks get one back on the old master.
The Serbian superstar has now reached six out of a possible nine US Open finals since that maiden berth in 2007, his only misses coming via semifinal exits in 2008, 2009 and 2014.
There was to be no repeat of last year’s disappointment, Djokovic blasting into this weekend’s title fight with a three-set demolition of defending champion Marin Cilic on Friday.
That encounter lasted just 85 minutes, and the 6-0 6-1 6-2 scoreline stands as one of the most lopsided semifinal results in Grand Slam history.
“Obviously it felt great to be able to perform as well as I did today at this stage of a tournament,” Djokovic said after the match.
“Knowing that Marin carried that [ankle] injury for last couple of matches, I didn’t allow that fact to distract me too much.
“I just wanted to concentrate on what I needed to do on the court and come out with the right intensity, make him move, get as many returns back in play.
“All in all, it was from my side a very solid match and I take that as a confidence booster for the final.”
While Djokovic eased into his fourth Grand Slam final of the year, his arch-rival made similarly light work of 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
The highly anticipated all-Swiss semi turned out to be something of a fizzer as Federer extended his career record against Wawrinka to 17 wins from 20 starts with a 6-4 6-3 6-1 win.
It’s the first time since 2009 that Federer has made the final at the USTA National Tennis Centre – a somewhat surprising streak for a man who won no less than five consecutive US Open titles between 2004 and 2008.
“I’m very happy, it’s been a great tournament so far,” Federer said in an on-court interview after the win over Wawrinka.
“I tried very hard in the last six years to get to another final, I came close a few times and tonight it worked against Stan, who also played a good tournament.”
Sunday’s final will be the 42nd meeting between Federer and Djokovic since they first faced off at the Monte Carlo Masters back in 2006.
The Swiss has just about had the better of the match-up, with 21 wins to 20 in a rivalry which he described as “more straightforward” than his contests with the likes of Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal and Marat Safin over the years.
“It’s just a straight shootout, and I think that’s the cool thing about our rivalry,” Federer said.
“It’s very athletic, we both can handle whatever we present to one another and I think our matches [are] very even.”
Federer has yet to lose a set at US Open 2015, and another clean sheet in the final would mark the second time he has gone through a Grand Slam without dropping a single set.
The 34-year-old also achieved the feat at the 2007 Australian Open, which included a 6-2 7-5 6-3 win over Djokovic in the fourth round.
He hasn’t won a Grand Slam singles title since 2012, however, having lost to his Serbian rival in two consecutive Wimbledon finals.
But it was Federer who triumphed last time they met – just a few weeks ago in the decider of the Cincinnati Masters.
2015 US Open final betting
- Roger Federer to win – $2.14 at CrownBet
- Tiebreaker in the first set – $2.75 at www.Bet365.com
- Match to reach five sets – $3.20 at WilliamHill.com
- Federer 3-2 set score – $6.50 at Bet365
Regardless of the outcome, this should be a cracking final.
And with a such a close head-to-head record over the last nine years, it’s a very tough one to pick.
Djokovic is number one in the world, has reached all four Grand Slam finals this season, and looks every chance to add the US Open to his Australian Open and Wimbledon wins in 2015.
But while Federer may be getting long in the tooth, those fangs are as sharp as ever right now.
The 17-time major winner is, by his own admission, experiencing something akin to the best form of his decorated career.
While other champions may lose their edge as they drift into their mid 30s, Federer’s desire to win that 18th Grand Slam is there for all to see.
The pair have already met in five tour finals this year, with Djokovic boasting a 3-2 edge, but Federer has won two of their three encounters on hard courts.
So who will come out smiling this Sunday?
Online bookmakers have Djokovic as the favourite, although his conversion rate at Flushing Meadows (one title in five finals starts) is rather poor for a player of his stature.
Federer’s recent run in New York isn’t great, either, but we are backing the Swiss veteran to end his three-year Grand Slam drought with a big win over five sets.
Roger Federer stats and results
Current world ranking: 2nd
Career singles titles: 87
Grand Slam wins: 17
2015 US Open results
Semifinals – defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4 6-3 6-1
Quarterfinals – defeated Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-3 6-1
Fourth round – defeated John Isner 7-6 7-6 7-5
Third round – defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-4 6-4
Second round – defeated Steve Darcis 6-1 6-2 6-1
First round – defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-1 6-2 6-2
Novak Djokovic stats and results
Current world ranking: 1st
Career singles titles: 54
Grand Slam wins: 12
2015 US Open results
Semfinals – defeated Marin Cilic 6-0 6-1 6-2
Quarterfinals – defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-1 3-6 6-3 7-6
Fourth round – defeated Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3
Third round – defeated Andreas Seppi 6-3 7-5 7-5
Second round – defeated Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-4 6-1 6-2
First round – defeated Joao Souza 6-1 6-1 6-1
Friday September 11, from 7pm local time, Flushing Meadows, Arthur Ash Stadium.
IT’S THE all-Swiss game every tennis fan had hoped would pan out at this year’s U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows.
Roger “Fed Express” Federer will play Stan “The Man” Wawrinka in the second semi-final this Saturday at 1:00am to claim a final spot in the last grand slam of the year.
Federer has won the last four from five against Wawrinka, but Stan won their most recent game at the French Open in a surprising straight sets victory and Federer will be out for revenge.
Bookmakers are favouring the 17-time Grand Slam champion at $1.29 and rightly so as Federer has turned back the clock these past two weeks with superb results. Federer hasn’t dropped a set on his way to the semi finals and most of the money has gone onto the 3-0 option.
Wawrinka will provide a challenge, however, as the younger Swiss native has dropped only one set to date and he was able to break the big serve of South African Kevin Anderson with ease in his quarter final.
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Federer vs. Wawrinka odds and tips
Federer – $1.37 at www.Crownbet.com
Wawrinka – $3.12
You might look at the price surrounding Roger Federer and be turned off, but adding the $1.37 to your multi-bets can increase payouts significantly and the added 20 percent from Sportsbet makes it all the more worthwhile.
Federer has looked outstanding this U.S Open and is the only top player to not look frail under the high temperatures in New York.
His tournament kicked off with a straight sets victory over Leonardo Mayer, where Federer dropped only five total games in the match. He was even more impressive in beating his second round opponent when winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.
His toughest game came unsurprisingly against the big-serving John Isner. The first two sets went to tie-breaks, but Federer stamped his class and came away with the straight sets win.
Richard Gasquet possessed a backhand that could have worried the former world number one, but Federer dispatched him and made Gasquet look second rate with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 demolition.
Federer sets betting market:
Federer 3-0 – $2.88
Federer 3-1 – $3.60
Federer 3-2 – $6
Federer has drifted from his opening quote of $2.50 to win in straight sets and is already out to $2.88 with CrownBet.com.au.
Many punters are expecting this game to go at least four sets as Stan Wawrinka is currently paying $1.36 to win at least one set.
The set betting option is tricky, but we like backing both 3-0 and 3-1 in Federer’s favour to ensure a profit.
Wawrinka exotic betting markets:
It’s fair to say we’re in the Federer camp, so we may as well look at some of the exotic betting options for his counterpart.
Wawrinka is currently $2.50 to win the first set and we see this as his best, and possibly only chance to take a set off Federer. If Federer wins the first set it could be curtains for Wawrinka, who will be looking to dent the confidence early on.
There are also some alternative handicap markets which could appeal to multi-bet bettors.
Wawrinka (+6.5) – $1.25
Wawinka (+4.5) – $1.66
Warinka (+1 first set) – $2.46 at Sportsbet.com.au
The +1 for the first set is great value compared to the $2.50 Wawrinka is paying to win the first set. This allows a 7-6 scoreline and instead of losing, you get a push and your money back.
Federer vs. Wawrinka predictions and news
We think Roger Federer will win in either three or four sets with a projected scoreline of 7-6, 6-3, 6-4, with the possibility of Wawrinka taking the first set narrowly.
Federer isn’t a player that needs much time to warm into the game and he should come out firing from the word go. If the head-to-head price of $1.37 at Sportsbet looks a touch short, it will probably only get shorter as the game draws nearer, so add it to your multi-bets.
Federer is relishing the chance to play his Davis Cup teammate in the semi final.
“Stan played a wonderful match against me in Paris,” Federer said in reference to Wawrinka’s straight sets victory in the 2015 French Open.
“I couldn’t be happier to play him here. It is cool for us to have two Swiss in the semi-finals.”
Stan Wawrinka joked about his past history with Federer, telling the interviewer to not quote the statistics, but coming off a strong win against Kevin Anderson will give the 30-year-old some confidence.
Stan didn’t make it easy,” Anderson said. “He was taking time away from me. He was swinging out and I was just a step slow.”
Wawrinka will need to be even more quicker to take time away from Federer, who looks to have all the time in the world at the U.S Open.
This could be the last chance for Federer to have a serious chance of winning another grand slam, so take the $2.75 at Bet365.com and enjoy seeing one of the best players of all time in action.
2015 Win/Loss ratio: 39-6
Best Wimbledon finish: Wimbledon Champion, ’03, ’04, ‘05, ‘06, ’07, ’09, ‘12
Federer’s last match: Straight sets victory over Andy Murray
2015 Win/Loss ratio: 46-3
Best Wimbledon finish: Wimbledon Champion, ’11, ‘14
Djokovic’s last match: Straight sets victory over Richard Gasquet
Head-to-head: Federer leads Djokovic 20-19
IT’S the moment every tennis fan has been waiting for; the men’s final at the Championships, with two men who know what it takes to hoist the trophy at the All England club.
Novak Djokovic’s path to the final has been smooth after a five-set thriller against South African Kevin Anderson, with straight sets victories over Marin Cilic and Richard Gasaquet, the latter being one of the easier semi-finals the world number one has played in some time.
Gasquet had a chance to snatch the first set, forcing Serbian world number one into a tiebreak, but once Djokovic secured the opening set of the match he never looked back.
Djokovic received treatment on his shoulder midway through the third set but gave himself a clean bill of health heading into his third straight Wimbledon final.
“It’s nothing that worries me,” Djokovic said.
“It will be fine for the next match.”
Roger Federer is in career-best form and takes in enormous confidence after comprehensively dismantling world no. 3 three Andy Murray in straight sets.
The world no. 2 effortlessly created winners from every angle of the court and never gave his opponent room to breathe, hitting winners seemingly at will with the Scot finding them unplayable.
Former British ace Tim Henman believes Federer, even in the twilight of his career, could be in the form of his life.
“Roger is one of the best players that has ever lived and that’s the best I have ever seen him play.” Henman said.
Federer’s semi-final opponent Andy Murray echoed Henman’s sentiments in his post-match press conference.
“If Roger serves like he did today then he will give himself a great chance to win the final.” Murray said.
Federer’s victory puts the Swiss dynamo into his tenth final at the All England club and a chance at immortality.
A triumph would certify he is the greatest player ever to take to the grass in London, with a win handing him an unprecedented eight titles, surpassing his and Pete Sampras’ equal record of seven Wimbledon titles.
The two men have met once before on the big stage in London, with the Serbian defeating Federer in five sets in the 2014 final.
It was an epic encounter that will go down as one of the great Grand Slam finals.
The Federer-Djokovic rivalry is a long and sometimes spiteful one, but the statistics are startlingly even between the two, with Federer one ahead of his younger rival, with Djokovic having the recent wood over the great Swiss.
Remarkably the pair have beaten each other in all four of the grand slams, showing just how spirited the battles between the pair have been over a long period.
The two men have only met twice on grass, with the matches split 1-1.
It promises to be one of the matches of the year.
Can Federer surpass his own incredible Wimbledon record? Or will Djokovic win his third title at the All England club and register his ninth Grand Slam title?
Former Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick believes the match is a genuine toss of the coin.
“It’s great for tennis. It has the makings of another great final,” Roddick said.
“I don’t think Novak is overall favourite based on what we’ve seen but he’s the reigning champion,”
“Roger can’t just be an instant favourite after today.”
Winner: Roger Federer– $2.13 with Sportsbet
Correct score: Roger Federer – 3-1 – $5.00
Value bet:1st set total games – under 9.5 – $3.00
Two of the greatest players of the modern era meet in the final at the All England club with the Swiss maestro Roger Federer facing off against the Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic.
Federer is chasing tennis immortality, and is in splendid form, dropping just one set on his way to the final.
The world number two will also be out to atone for last year’s defeat, with Djokovic outlasting the 17-time Grand Slam champion to win his second Wimbledon final in five sets.
Djokovic, who survived a quarter-final scare against South African big man Kevin Anderson, has since been able to bounce back spectacularly, disposing of both Marin Cilic and Richard Gasquet on his way to a third straight Wimbledon final.
The world number one was quick to dismiss any suggestions the shoulder he was receiving treatment on late in the match against Gasquet will be an issue in the final, but it has to come as a concern to the reigning champ.
Will a gruelling schedule also be a factor for the Serbian? He gave his all at Roland Garros just over a month ago, falling short of achieving a career Grand Slam, which seemed to mentally and physically drain the world number one.
Federer is the undisputed all-time king of grass, and with the kind of form he is currently displaying, it is hard to see even the world number one in Djokovic rivaling the seven-time Wimbledon champ.
Expect another classic contest, but when it is all said and done Federer should be the man who lifts the trophy for an unprecedented eighth time.