Well, after some of the most miserable weather the US Open has faced in history, the semifinals finally finished and the finals are set.
Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych faced off in some crazy wind. The wind was by far the worst I had ever seen at the Open, so bad that the player chairs were blown onto the court during points. So bad even, that both players had to go through multiple ball tosses to be able to serve. It looked just awful.
Fortunately for Murray, he found his groove against the big hitting Berdych. Murray dropped the first set, but found his game in the coming sets, ousting Berdych 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(7). This will be the second time Andy Murray has been in a US Open final, his last was against Roger Federer in 2008 where he lost in straight sets.
Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer started their semifinal bout on Saturday, after the Murray vs. Berdych match, the wind was still howling.
Ferrer got off to an amazing start, breaking the defending champion in his first service game. Ferrer cruised form there, holding serve, playing the wind and not letting anything get in his way. Then, when leading 5-2 and serving for the opening set, the US Open Tournament Director David Brewer called the match to come to a halt.
All matches, including the women’s US Open final, were postponed until the next day.
Under much calmer and playable conditions, the Djokovic and Ferrer match resumed on what should have been Final Sunday. Ferrer came back and picked up right where he left off and held his serve for the fist set against Djokovic. Unfortunately, that was essentially the last time that Ferrer would be anywhere close to being ahead in the match.
After Ferrer has his moment of greatness, Djokovic came back to reality and put the medal to the pedal. There was really nothing that could have stopped Nole from winning this semifinal. Novak took charge in the next three sets.
Ferrer struggled with everything, his groundstrokes, his serve, his player box, and his tennis strings. Nothing was going the Spaniards way.
Novak Djokovic secured his spot it in the 2o12 US Open final by beating David Ferrer, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
I personally think that the match delay really hurt Ferrer’s chance of regaining the momentum he built up on during the first set of the match. It wasn’t wrong of David Brewer to make the decision call off the match. It was just Djokovic who came back refreshed and a clearer mindset than David.
2012 US Open Men’s Final Prediction
For the fifth consecutive year, the US Open men’s final will be played on a Monday.
This will be the second time Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have met in a major final. Murray and Djokovic met in the 2011 Australian Open final, where Djokovic stomped on Murray and captured his easiest title to date.
In 2012, their head to head is split 2 all. With Murray winning one match on hard court and one on grass, where Djokovic has two wins on hard courts.
As far as the 2012 US Open is concerned, both players look equally strong. Djokovic is a great returner, so is Murray. Andy has a very powerful forehand and backhand, so does Novak. Both have good serves.
I think the deciding factor will be the mental strength. We’ve seen it before, Andy Murray has had problems with getting himself into big matches like major finals. Of the 4 major finals Murray has reached, he has only won 1 set which came at this years’ Wimbledon Final.
This year though, Murray seems like he’s finding his groove in big matches on big stages. This key factor, I predict will help Murray capture his first major title.
That’s right, I predict that Andy Murray will win the 2012 US Open. It will probably be one of the most exciting finals we’ve seen in years. I predict this will be a match that will go on for hours. I think Djokovic will succumb to the power and clean balls striking that Murray has.
I predict Andy Murray will win 6-4, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5.