Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic takes place in the U.S. Open 2013 men's final on Monday as the tennis giants face off for the final Grand Slam of the year. The match will start at about 5 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Even though he is the current World Number 1, Novak Djokovic has said ahead of the final that it is Rafael Nadal, rather than himself, who is favorite for the title. The top two seeds will clash at Flushing Meadows today in New York, which will be their 37th meeting against one another, and sixth in a Grand Slam final – Nadal leads in the head to head by 21-15.
Djokovic has said ahead of the game: "With no doubt he's the best player in the moment this year. 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."
Nadal will be a massive challenge for Djokovic; the Spaniard has won all 21 matches on hard courts this year since coming back from a seven month injury. The ease at which he came back to the tour circuit at the top of the game has stunned analysts and players.
At this year's U.S. Open 2013 tournament, Nadal has dropped serve just once up until this stage. Djokovic will be at his best today if he is to claim his seventh Grand Slam.
Nadal joked before the match: "I prefer to play against another opponent…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."
Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic starts at 5 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.
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