US Open Tennis 2016: Updated Men’s Bracket and Final Predictions

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Published: September 10, 2016

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In a showdown between very familiar foes, Novak Djokovic will look to cap off a stellar season as he takes on Stan Wawrinka in the final of the 2016 U.S. Open.

Djokovic is potentially looking at a third Grand Slam win in 2016, which would be the second time he has accomplished such a feat in his illustrious career. However, that looks to be a difficult task, with Wawrinka coming off consecutive wins over two of the strongest opponents in the tournament.

Take a look below at the schedule for Sunday's final, along with a breakdown of the matchup. See the path each player took to reach this position with a full tournament bracket, courtesy of ESPN.com. 



To say these two have history might be an understatement, as Djokovic and Wawrinka have met 23 times in their professional careers.

Yet it's been Djokovic who owns this matchup. He is 19-4 against Wawrinka, having beaten the Swiss national in both of the U.S. Open fixtures the two played. While Djokovic entered this tournament with lingering left-wrist and right-arm issues, he has had the benefit of a fabulous draw.

Djokovic has seen two opponents retire along with a walkover match thus far, resulting in the Serbian dropping only one set. That came in his semifinal bout with Gael Monfils, where he was still in total control throughout the match. Wawrinka, on the other hand, has battled through two straight matches with quality opponents.

In the quarterfinals, it was the resurgent Juan Martin del Potro who finally fell after a four-set showdown with Wawrinka. Then he put on a show by storming back to win three straight sets after Kei Nishikori got out to a one-set lead. His recent play should make Wawrinka feel confident, as he has also won 10 straight tournament finals, per ESPN's Greg Garber.

Wawrinka is still well aware of the magnitude of the challenge ahead, per Garber.

"I'm really excited," Wawrinka said in his...
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