U.S. Open 2013 men's final preview: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic set for epic showdown

Susan Mullane-US PRESSWIRE

A rubber match is on the slate for the 2013 U.S. Open men's final.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet for the 37th time Monday as they face off in the U.S. Open final. This will be the third time in four years the two have met in the final of the tournament, and it will be the rubber match -- Nadal won the classic showdown in 2010, and Djokovic was the victor in 2011. It is already one of the classic rivalries in tennis history, as the only one to take place in the final of all four Grand Slam tournaments.

Djokovic, the No. 1 seed, defeated Mikhail Youzhny in four sets in the quarterfinal before surviving against Stanislas Wawrinka in an epic five-set semifinal. Nadal, the second seed, defeated Tommy Robredo and Richard Gasquet in straight sets to make the final.

Djokovic's battle against Wawrinka lasted more than four hours Saturday, and we will have to see if stamina becomes a concern for the Serbian.

The two faced off in one Grand Slam already this year -- Nadal won 9-7 in a fifth set tiebreaker in the French Open tiebreaker.

Each player has just one US Open championship -- won by defeating the other in the final. Nadal had to miss last year's tournament due to an injury.

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