Rafa and Serena look like the players to beat in the US Open this year, with both players in imperious form as we head towards finals weekend. Nadal has only won at Flushing Meadows once before, but he is looking increasingly likely to add to his already impressive trophy haul this year, whilst Serena is looking to win a fifth title in New York. The tournament is truly reaching a fascinating denouement, so to stay up to date with everything happening at the showpiece Grand Slam, read on for a review of days nine and ten:
It was finally game over for Australian hopeful Lleyton Hewitt on Tuesday, as the former world number one fell in a five-set thriller to Russian star Mikhail Youzhny. Hewitt led 5-2 in the final set and will be kicking himself that he wasn’t able to get over the line and star in his first Grand Slam quarterfinal for four years. Hewitt has played exceptionally well at Flushing Meadows, but sadly for him, the journey ends here.
Elsewhere in the men’s tournament, current world number one Novak Djokovic was showing the world why he is still at the top of the pile with an emphatic 6-3 6-0 6-0 victory over Spanish hopeful Marcel Granollers. Current holder Andy Murray also progressed into the quarterfinals; after losing the first set of his encounter with Denis Istomin in a tiebreak, Murray went on to take the next three sets with relative ease. Murray’s quarterfinal opponent will be Stanislas Wawrinka, after the Swiss number two vanquished Tomas Berdych in four sets.
There was one more fourth round match left to play in the women’s on Tuesday, with Victoria Azarenka triumphing in a three setter against the Serb Ana Ivanovic, The Belarusian appears to be in great form and is perhaps the only player who could possibly halt the progress of Serena, who thrashed Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-0 6-0 in her quarterfinal match. The other quarterfinal match on Tuesday saw Li Na defeat Ekaterina Makarova; a result that means the 2011 French Open champion will have to face Serena in the semis.
The men’s quarterfinals began on Wednesday, and Rafa Nadal showed quite clearly that he is the man to beat with a frighteningly dominant victory over compatriot Tommy Robredo. Robredo had overcome inform Dan Evans and Roger Federer to reach the quarters, but Nadal was ruthless in his disposal of the Spaniard as he looks towards the semis. The other men’s match on Wednesday saw Richard Gasquet defeat David Ferrer in five sets; the Frenchman now facing the unenviable task of taking on Nadal in the semis.
The women’s quarter finals on day ten were fairly standard affairs, with Victoria Azarenka defeating Daniela Hantuchova in a straightforward straight sets win, while there was a slight upset as 10th seed Roberta Vinci was defeated by compatriot and world number 83 Flavia Pennetta in straight sets.
As far as the men’s tournament goes, things are certainly hotting up with Djokovic, Nadal and Murray all looking in good nick as the semis approach. Sadly though, the women’s appears something of a foregone conclusion, but as sports fans across the globe will testify to, there’s not a lot more unpredictable than sport.