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Tennis-U.S. Open finalist Novak Djokovic

Sept 12 (Reuters) - Factbox on Serbia's Novak Djokovic, who
will meet Swiss Roger Federer in the U.S. Open men's final on
GRAND SLAM TITLES (Nine): Australian Open: 2008, 2011, 2012,
2013, 2015; Wimbledon: 2011, 2014, 2015; U.S. Open: 2011
* Born: Belgrade, May 22, 1987
* Began playing tennis aged four.
* His father was a professional skier and wanted his son to
be a skier or professional soccer player but changed his mind
when Djokovic excelled at tennis from an early age.
* First full year on tour in 2005: Made grand slam debut as
a qualifier at the Australian Open, losing to Russian Marat
Safin in the first round. Finished as the youngest player (18
years, five months) inside the top 100.
* In 2006, he won his first ATP tour title at Amersfoort.
* He retired in the 2006 French Open quarter-finals against
Spaniard Rafael Nadal when trailing by two sets, and again a
year later due to blisters in the Wimbledon semi-final against
the same opponent.
*In 2007, he won five titles (Adelaide, Miami, Estoril,
Montreal and Vienna) and reached his first grand slam final at
the U.S. Open, losing to Federer 7-6 7-6 6-4.
* Beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets to win his
maiden grand slam title at the 2008 Australian Open.
* Failed to successfully defend his title in Melbourne the
following year after controversially pulling out of his
quarter-final against American Andy Roddick citing heat
exhaustion on a sweltering day.
* Led Serbia to their first Davis Cup title with victory
over France in Belgrade in December 2010.
* Began 2011 by winning the Australian Open, beating Briton
Andy Murray in the final, to end his three-year wait for a
second grand slam title.
* Won his next six tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells,
Miami, Belgrade, Madrid and Rome. Did not lose again until June
3 when Federer ended his 41-match winning streak in the French
Open semi-finals.
* Secured the number one spot on July 4 by beating Tsonga in
the Wimbledon semi-finals, then beat Nadal to clinch his first
Wimbledon crown, his first title on grass.
* Saved two match points to beat Federer in the semi-finals
of the U.S. Open then defeated Nadal in the final to become the
seventh man to win three grand slam titles in a year since
tennis turned professional in 1968.
* Won his third Australian Open title in 2012 by beating
Nadal in five hours and 53 minutes.
* Defeated by Nadal in the 2012 French Open final.
* Began 2013 by beating Murray to become the first man in
the professional era to win three successive Australian Open
* Loses to Nadal in the 2014 French Open final before
beating Federer in a five-set Wimbledon final.
* Reached all four grand slam finals in 2015. Began the year
by capturing a fifth Australian Open title, then missed out on
the French Open again after falling to Stan Wawrinka in the
final. Five weeks later draws level with his coach Boris
Becker's Wimbledon haul of three titles by defeating Federer in
the All England Club final. The U.S. Open final will mark his
42nd career meeting with Federer, who holds a 21-20 edge.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)

US Open 2015: Roger Federer & Novak Djokovic set for final

Roger Federer will try to cap a superb run of form with his first major title in three years when he plays Novak Djokovic in Sunday's US Open final.
The Swiss, 34, has not dropped a set since he lost to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final in July and has swept through the draw in New York.
But Djokovic, 28, is on course to win a third Grand Slam of 2015, having only missed out in the French Open final.
The final is scheduled to begin at 21:00 BST, though rain is forecast.

Djokovic expects 'aggressive' Federer

Roger Federer hits a volley
Roger Federer hit 29 winners against Stan Wawrinka
Serena Williams and her pursuit of the calendar Slam dominated the first 12 days of the tournament, but Djokovic is on the verge of bettering her year at the majors.
For the second time in his career, the Serb is within sight of winning three of the four Slams, and for the first time has has reached all four finals.
"Win or lose on Sunday, it still has been so far a great year, my best year alongside 2011," said Djokovic.
"But obviously I'm only thinking about winning that US Open trophy."
Djokovic, who thrashed the defending champion Marin Cilic in the semi-finals, will be up against a man in rare attacking form in Federer.
"I know that he's lately being very aggressive coming to the net, mixing up, and trying to shorten out the points," said Djokovic.
"I think also he improved his speed. His defensive game is better than it was."

Match stats

Djokovic won the US Open in 2011 but has lost four other finals
Victory would give him 10 major titles, one behind Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver
Federer leads their head-to-head 21-20, and 3-2 at the US Open
His last Grand Slam title came at Wimbledon 2012 against Andy Murray

Federer ready for 'shoot-out'

Federer will almost certainly have the backing of most of the 23,000 spectators as he attempts to win his first US Open in seven years, and his first major anywhere in three years.
"I definitely think if there would be more on my side that will give me a lift and extra energy and momentum possibly," said the Swiss, looking for his 18th major title.
Since losing to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final in July, Federer has won the Cincinnati title and reached the final in New York without dropping a set.
He beat Djokovic in the Cincinnati final but has not overcome the Serb at a Grand Slam in three years, despite still edging their head-to-head record 21-20.
"I think it's just a straight shoot-out, and I think that's the cool thing about our rivalry," he said.
"It's very athletic. We can both handle whatever we present to one another, it's very even."

Sneak Attack will be back

Boris Becker
Boris Becker is not a fan of Roger Federer's new return tactic
"No, it's not disrespectful. Pretty simple."
Federer wasted few words in dismissing the suggestion from Boris Becker, Djokovic's coach, that his new tactic of taking service returns unusually early disrespects opponents.
The Swiss began employing the SABR ('Sneak Attack By Roger'), where he moves in while the server tosses the ball and hits his returns almost from the service line, during the American summer.
Djokovic fell victim to it in Cincinnati, and was not keen to discuss the issue after his semi-final win in New York.
"It worked a couple of times," said the Serb. "It's an exciting shot for him. For the player opposite side of the net, not so much. So I have nothing else to say about that."
So will Federer be deploying the SABR on Sunday?
"I will do it some more. No problem."