The U.S. Open men’s final between Raphael Nadal and Novak Djokovic has been postponed until this afternoon because of rain Sunday. This marks the third consecutive year that the tournament has been delayed and will finish on a Monday.
The news of the delay comes as a welcome surprise for 23-year-old Djokovic who was the victor in a grueling five set match against Roger Federer Friday. With an extra day of rest, Novak Djokovic will be the perfect opponent for Raphael Nadal who is on a quest to capture a career Grand Slam—and the 9th major title of his career. If Nadal is successful today, he will be first man since 1969 to win Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open in the same year since Rod Laver.
But not if Djokovic can help it. Ranked third, Nadal’s Serbian opponent wants to clench his second major title and undoubtedly feels like he’s on top of the world after making his way to the finals. Benito Perez-Barbadillo, who is both Nadal and Djokovic’s agent (weird, right?), joked about the delay and said, “This proves that God is Eastern Orthodox… Novak told me he was praying all night for rain, and he got it. He is very happy to get a day off.”
And so are we. This match is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Who are you rooting for?
Catch all the action live on CBS this afternoon starting at 4pm EST.