No­vak Djokovic —

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The in­tro­spec­tive but ex­tro­verted Serb re­dis­cov­ered his pas­sion for the game dur­ing the Euro­pean clay court cir­cuit. He then re­gained his elite form at Wim­ble­don, win­ning his fourth ti­tle there. Fed­erer says Djokovic is the best hard­court player of the Big 3, and his eight Grand Slam and 23 Masters 1000 ti­tles on hard courts pro­vide solid ev­i­dence.

The 31­year­old Ser­bian also is the best ac­tive player at beat­ing top 10­ranked op­po­nents at 67.4 per cent. Djokovic has clinched 48 of his 69 tour­level ti­tles by de­feat­ing a Top 10 op­po­nent in the cham­pi­onship match, win­ning 64 per cent of his fi­nals (48­27) against mem­bers of that elite group.

At Flush­ing Mead­ows, the rein­vig­o­rated Djoker will take his sec­ond straight ma­jor and 14th over­all, ty­ing Pete Sam­pras for third place all­time.

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