It was a different day and a different player. No wind. And Novak Djokovic was up to the task.
His match with Spain’s David Ferrer was stopped on Saturday with Ferrer up 5-2. There were weather concerns in the Flushing area and the wind was awful.
The match re-started on Saturday at 11 am under perfect conditions and Djokovic was perfect. After Ferrer won the first game to take the first set, 6-2 Djokovic got into high gear. He rolled 6-1 in the second set and won the third 6-4, at one point winning 12 out of 14 points. The fourth was no different with Djokovic closing out Ferrer 6-2.
Ferrer was not despondent in his press conference. He noted that the top four in the game are much better than the next level of which he is a part.He applauded Djokovic’s performance.
Djokovic was thrilled after the match and rated his Monday final with Andy Murray as even.
Murray beat Tomas Berdych on Saturday in bad conditions.
Murray enters the final with a mark of 0-4 in finals. He is now coached by Ivan Lendl who was also 0-4 in finals when he won the French Open in 1984.
Djokovic is one of the best returners ever in tennis. Murray needs to have his serve in top flight form to win.
Djokovic holds an 8-6 lead over Murray, but in their last match-up Murray prevailed at the Olympics.