Novak Djokovic takes on Juan Martin del Potro in a clash of former champions in the men's singles final of US Open 2018 on Sunday, September 9.
When does the match start and how to watch it live
The much-anticipated final will start at 4 pm local time, 1:30 am IST (Monday) and 9 pm BST.
Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 2 will provide live television coverage of the match in India. The live stream will be available on Hotstar.
What to expect from the final
Two players who were written off in the past are facing in Sunday's final at the Flushing Meadows.
Del Potro, who last reached a Grand Slam final when he won the crown here in 2009, had undergone multiple wrist injuries and even contemplated retirement in 2015.
Nonetheless, the Argentine, who is expected to be the crowd favourite on Sunday, insists that he has successfully put behind the memories of the past and is looking forward to enjoying the big matches.
"The worst moment was in 2015 when I was close to quitting this sport because I couldn't find a way to fix my wrist problems. I had been suffering a lot. I got depressed for a couple of months also. I didn't get the chance to feel better with myself, to do this again. That was the bad moment for me," del Potro said.
"But I think that is completely in the past, and now I'm... looking forward for the future. I didn't expect to get these kinds of emotions playing tennis again. Reaching finals, winning titles, having my highest ranking ever at this moment, everything is almost perfect."
Djokovic favourite against 'dear friend' del Potro
On the other hand, questions over Djokovic's future were raised when he was out of action with an elbow injury, which needed surgery earlier this year.
However, the 31-year-old made a stunning comeback and conquered the grass-court Grand Slam at Wimbledon and is a win away from equalling Pete Sampras' record of 14 major titles.
Both the men have been in fine form in the ongoing tournament. While del Potro took two sets in the semi-final against world number one Rafael Nadal before the latter decided to retire with a knee injury, Djokovic demolished Kei Nishikori in straight sets in the second semi-final.
Djokovic called del Potro as his "dear friend" but expect nothing less than a slugfest in the big final, later today.
The third seed has one of the most lethal serves and hits winners at will with his powerful forehand. Also, del Potro has worked on his backhand quite a bit and it was evident with the way he was dealing with Nadal in the semi-final.
However, del Potro has a tall task in hand, considering Djokovic is one of the best returners of all time. The Serb will be hoping to make the big-serving Argentine work extra hard for his points and eventually frustrate him.
US Open 2018: TV Guide
- US: ESPN
- UK: Amazon Prime
- Asia: Fox Sports
- Australia: SBS
- Canada: RDS, TSN
- China: CCTV, Tencent
- Japan: Wowow
- Switzerland: SGR SSR
- Middle East: beIN Sports