Grand Slam gridlock is now a two-man race. Arthur Ashe Stadium court is a crossroads as Novak Djokovic meets Andy Murray in a blockbuster U.S. Open final between players of similar skill sets and contrasting pressure points.
Murray is trying to snap a 76-year drought in becoming the first British man to win a Grand Slam singles title since Fred Perry earned the 1936 U.S. Championships on grass at nearby Forest Hills. Playing his third straight U.S. Open final, defending champion Djokovic aims to extend his Flushing Meadows reign, capture his sixth career major championship, and solidify his status as an all-time elite champion.
Career arcs collide in noisy New York, and it makes you wonder which burden will be the greater to bear: Murray's quest, after the anguish of four final-round defeats, or Djokovic playing to achieve what champions say is the toughest task in tennis—defending a Grand Slam title—and doing so for the second time this season.