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US Open: Ten facts on 2016 final between Djokovic and Wawrinka

Swiss star Stan Wawrinka will face top seeded Novak Djokovic for the US Open title on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s French Open final. He will be seeking his third major championship Sunday against the top-ranked Djokovic, who he defeated at Roland Garros in 2015.

tennis Updated: Sep 11, 2016 23:45 IST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia is attempting to be the first back-to-back US Open champion since Roger Federer won in 2007 and ’08.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia is attempting to be the first back-to-back US Open champion since Roger Federer won in 2007 and ’08.(AFP)

Swiss star Stan Wawrinka will face top seed Novak Djokovic for the US Open title late on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s French Open final. He will be seeking his third major championship, against the top-ranked Djokovic, who he defeated at Roland Garros in 2015.

Here are a few major points:

1. Djokovic, the 2011 and 2015 champion, is appearing in his sixth US Open final in seven years and seventh overall.

2. The 29-year-old Serb is trying to become the first back-to-back champion since Roger Federer won the last two of five in a row in 2007-08.

3. In his 21st Grand Slam final, Djokovic is attempting to capture a third Grand Slam title in the same season for the second straight year and third time in his career (2011, 2015). Federer also accomplished the feat three times (2004, 2006-07).

4. Djokovic has advanced to 19 of the past 25 Grand Slam finals and during that stretch he is 11-7 in finals (12-8 overall in career).

5. Djokovic has spent 8 hours, 58 minutes on court, playing 13 completed sets at this year’s US Open.

In contrsast, Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland is in his maiden US Open final.. (Reuters/USA Today)

6. Wawrinka is making his first appearance in the US Open final. The 31-year-old’s previous Slam titles came over Rafael Nadal at the 2014 Australian Open and Djokovic at 2015 Roland Garros.

7. Wawrinka is on a 10-match winning streak in finals since the beginning of 2014. Prior to that, he was 4-9 from 2005-13.

8. The Swiss star had to save a match point in his five-set third round win over Dan Evans.

9. At 31 years, five months, Wawrinka is attempting to become the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970 (35 years, 10 months).

10. Wawrinka has reached the final by playing 17 hours, 54 minutes.