High stakes in Djokovic-Federer U.S. Open final shootout

Sat Sep 12, 2015 6:11pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It will be number one versus number two in the U.S. Open men's final on Sunday, a seismic grand slam title match between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer that transcends the world rankings.

Both players burn with heaps of motivation to hoist the winner's trophy at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the last grand moment of the 2015 slam season.

Second seed Federer, who won five consecutive U.S. Open titles from 2004 and was runner-up in 2009, reigns on top of the all-time list for grand slam titles with 17.

At the advanced age of 34 the Swiss is playing great and glowing with a desire to win his first grand slam title since his triumph at Wimbledon in 2012.

Djokovic has ascended to the clear number one, but is not number one in the hearts of the New York fans. That distinction rests with the Swiss, who is still the darling of Flushing Meadows, while the Serb longs to be loved.

The 28-year-old Djokovic is gunning for his third grand slam title of the year, which would replicate the dominance of his 2011 season.

Both players have had brilliant years. Djokovic has compiled a 56-5 season with six titles. Federer is 45-7 and won five times. Their career head-to-head is 21-20 in Federer's favor.

Djokovic, the reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, has won nine slam singles and will be playing in his sixth Flushing Meadows final.   Continued...

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after defeating compatriot Stan Wawrinka in their men's semi-final match and advancing to the final at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 11, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar 
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