Another year of Grand Slam tennis comes to an end on Sunday evening as Juan Martin del Potro takes on Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open.
Both men have conquered the Big Apple in the past and after epic encounters throughout their careers, this one could go all the way.
Over 41.5 games @ 21/20
After finally completing the career Grand Slam by winning the French Open in 2016, Djokovic was hampered by an elbow injury for the best part of two years but has hit back this year.
A quarter-final at Roland Garros laid the groundwork for his 13th major success at Wimbledon.
The 31-year-old has twice won at Flushing Meadows and after some teething problems in his opening two matches, has been immaculate from the third round onwards.
Delpo has only dropped one set so far in New York and Djokovic’s injury issues pale into insignificance when compared to the Argentine.
Since winning his only Grand Slam at this event in 2009, Del Potro has had surgery on both wrists and the courage he has shown in rebuilding his career in recent years has made him somewhat of a neutral’s favourite.
Winning at Indian Wells earlier this season shows he still has the game to excel on the hard courts, while he warmed up for the US Open with a final appearance in Los Cabos.
The 29-year-old will also be rested, having been two sets up against Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals when the Spaniard was forced to retire.
Djokovic is the boss on the head-to-head record, winning 14 of their 18 meetings, including their last three matches. Del Potro did win when the pair faced off at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and can he use that experience to claim a first Grand Slam win against the Serb?
Over 4.5 Sets @ 49/20
It is sure to be an epic encounter, especially when you consider they took the best part of five hours to be separated in the 2013 Wimbledon semi-finals.
Neither are likely to give much quarter and the occasion will not get the better of them so expect plenty of tense moments from the off.
Del Potro to win @ 19/10
There always has to be a winner though and there is something about Del Potro’s play that suggests he could do it.
Djokovic is playing some fantastic tennis but his opponent has the groundstrokes to move him around and unsettle him, with his big, flat forehand a match for anyone.
For a long time the Argentine’s injury problems appeared set to overshadow his career but with him back to his best form this year, he is now up to 17 wins over top-10 players.
Nine years after his victory against Roger Federer in New York, Del Potro can cause another upset by claiming his second Grand Slam crown.
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