By: Ahmed Serag
Novak Djokovic will be playing his third Grand Slam final of the season and the 12th of his career when he faces second-seeded Rafael Nadal in the title match on Monday.
The top two seeds will meet for the 37th time, and sixth in a Grand Slam final, at Flushing Meadows venue.
Nole Djokovic describes Nadal as the man to beat in Monday’s US Open final.
“With no doubt he’s the best player in the moment this year,” Nole told BBC.
“It’s always the biggest challenge that you can have in our sport now. I mean, he’s the ultimate competitor out there.
“He’s fighting for every ball and he’s playing probably the best tennis that he has ever played on hard courts,” Nole said describing his competitor.
Nadal, 27, has won all 21 matches on hard courts this year since returning from a seven-month lay-off because of a knee injury, said he prefers to play another opponent better than to face Novak.
“I prefer to play against another opponent,” joked Nadal.
“Talking about a final, I want to play against a player that I have more chances to win.
“Novak is a great opponent. There are other ones, but it’s true we have already played a lot of important matches for our career, so that makes that confrontation special.
“And when you have the chance to win against the most difficult players, it’s true that the victory is more special.
“But not in a final of the US Open. In the final of the US Open, what’s really is important is to win the tournament, not the opponent,” Nadal said.
Rafael Nadal Head to Head with Djokovic:
Rafa also leads the head-to-head 21-15 and has won five of his last six matches against Djokovic, including a dramatic semi-final victory at the French Open, after the Serb had won seven times in a row in 2011 and 2012.
The Good news for Nole that he wins in 10 while Rafa wins in 6 matches in Hard courts.