Novak Djokovic has a chance to get nearer Roger Federer’s all-time record but Federer’s compatriot, Stan Wawrinka is motivated to pull off the upset against the Serbian World No. 1 in the final of the 2016 US Open Sunday afternoon.
Djokovic has 12 Grand Slam titles and five short of Federer’s 17, the all-time record in tennis men’s singles. A win Sunday will put him closer to the world record and with Federer struggling with injuries, the Serbian wants to take advantage in their race to becoming the greatest player in the history of the sport.
Djokovic must not overlook Wawrinka though as the Swiss no. 2 has been playing like an elite player the last two ATP seasons. Wawrinka has won two Grand Slam titles in the previous two years, the 2014 Australian Open and the 2015 French Open. The Swiss made the semifinals of last year’s US Open losing to Federer in three sets, 4-6, 3-6, 1-6.
Djokovic beat Federer last year in the major in Flushing Meadows, New York in four sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
“He’s a big match player. He loves to play in the big stage against big players, because that’s when he elevates his level of performance. He just gets much better,” Djokovic stated to Reuters about Wawrinka, who has only four wins against the Serbian in 23 head-to-head match-ups.
Wawrinka has taken just one win over Djokovic in the last four matches winning the Roland Garros final two years ago in four sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic has won the last two, in the semifinals of the ATP Masters in Paris and quarterfinals of ATP Masters Cincinnati in 2015.
“Novak has the edge. But Stan is the one player now that can take the racket out of Novak’s hands and is not intimidated by his defense,” Former pro Pat McEnroe stated to the New York Times.
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