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Can Nadal Halt the Djokovic Juggernaut at the US Open?

It seems that the Djokovic juggernaut has become unstoppable. A few days ago, he took the crown at Wimbledon when he beat the 25-year-old Italian Matteo Berrettini in the final 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

The 34-year-old Seb now has his sights set on the US Open crown. The tournament will take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, starting on the 17th of July. It is the last of the year’s Grand Slams. If he can win it, it will be a clean sweep of all four grand slams in the same year, a feat not done since 1969 when Australian legend, Rod Laver, became the first player in the “open era” to make the clean sweep.

The Grand Slam race is finely poised. All three greats, Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, each have 20 GS titles to their credit. Whoever wins the next one – the US Open – will be making tennis history.

At the moment, Djokovic is the favorite, but waiting in the wings is a certain Spaniard – 35-year-old Rafael Nadal. With Roger Federer, the 39-year-old Swiss star now fading since his knee surgery, no one else looks anywhere near capable of challenging the Serb, and challenge him he most surely will.

The Spaniard pulled out of Wimbledon. He felt that the timeframe between the French Open at Roland Garros and the All England Club was simply too tight.

In comments published on the Nationalworld.com website, he said his goal is to extend his playing career as long as possible, and to do so, he needs to listen to his body. He wants to keep performing at the highest level, so he bowed out of Wimbledon to hopefully be fully fit and on his best form to challenge Djokovic in the US Open.

He will need to be on his very best form to deny Djokovic his historic win. The Serb is probably the best hard court plater on the circuit. His win percentage is 89.2%, just pipping Nadal’s at 87.5%. It is a very close run thing, and let’s face it, it could go either way.

The one thing for which Djokovic will never be able to challenge, however, is being the youngest player to win the US Open. That honor still belongs to Pete Sampras, who, at the age of 19 years and 15 days old, won the title back in 1990. He went on to win it five times in his illustrious career.

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