For the third year in a row, the men’s U.S. Open final was yet again delayed by rain on Sunday. Weather permitting, the final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will take place today, Monday, September 13th at 4:00 PM EST. Check out more photos and video below.
Yesterday’s U.S. Open Men’s Final match was scheduled for 4:30 PM EST, but due to the rain that just didn’t want to seem to quit, tournament officials decided two hours later to move the final to Monday.
The US Open website issued a statement regarding the delay:
“Due to the continued uncertainty of the weather forecast and to be fair to the players and not inconvenience our on-site fans any longer, we regrettably have to move the US Open Men’s Singles Final.”
Rafael Nadal came into the event as the Top Seed and this is his first US Open Final. If he reigns victorious today, this will be a career grand slam for him, having won the Australian Open in 2009, the French Open in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, and Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010. He would also become the youngest player at 24 years old to hold such an achievement.
Novak Djokovic, who beat out Roger Federer on Saturday to make it to the final, did so in almost four hours and five sets. Exhausting. To say the least. So no complaints from Djokovic regarding the delay, since he had an extra day to recover. Gebhard Phil-Gritsch, Djokovic’s trainer, is confident in the 23-year-old, saying:
“We did a lot of recovery work since last night, but one day off helps for sure. I believe he has a good chance. I think he quite likes to play Nadal on a hardcourt. On clay court, it’s a different story. On clay, Nadal is in a different league, I believe.”
So as the US Open Final approaches, who are you rooting for? Leave me your pick in the comments section. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, little chance of thundershowers on the forecast today. More photos and a related video can be found below.