Roger Federer of Switzerland returns to David Ferrer of Spain during a final match on day 9 of the Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jonathan Moore/Getty Images/AFP
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Top seed Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer are favored to wage another title showdown in the last grand slam of 2014, although some emerging young guns have other ideas for the U.S. Open, which starts Monday. Djokovic's and Federer's path to a championship clash could be less troubled than usual, with the absence of last year's winner Rafa Nadal due to a wrist injury, and the subpar form of 2012 champion Andy Murray since last year's back surgery. Federer, 33, has five successive U.S. Open crowns from 2004, but has gone without since then.Nadal has been like Kryptonite to Federer, who has lost nine of their 11 career meetings in grand slams and trails in their overall head-to-head by 23-10 .Djokovic and Federer have had a much closer ledger, with each player having won six times in their grand slam encounters and the Swiss holding a scant 18-17 edge in career meetings.
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