We’re now into the second week of the US Open, and things are hotting up. The world’s best are all bidding to end the Grand Slam year on a high with a win at Flushing Meadows. The result? Some scintillating tennis. Here are the players who look the goods in New York this time around:
The world No.1 has been in smashing form so far this tournament, not dropping a single set en route to the quarter finals, although his fourth-round clash with 22nd seed Philipp Kohlschreiber was perhaps more of a contest than the Serb would have liked.
Although Djokovic eventually prevailed in straight sets, the scoreline fails to accurately express the battle that took place between the two players; particularly in the second set. Kohlschreiber even had an opportunity to take the second set, with a set point on Djokovic’s serve; but the Serb eventually prevailed and went on to win in three sets. The Serb has only won once at Flushing Meadows, but all evidence points towards him being in a good place to win again this time around. When one considers the fact that Rafael Nadal isn’t playing this year, it’s difficult to look past the world No.1 for the title.
After a difficult year, Murray is looking good, and his fourth-round victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga indicated that he means business in New York. The Scot said that he felt the victory over Tsonga suggested that he was close to being back to his best, and this bodes well for the rest of the tournament.
Murray will, of course, be looking to emulate the moment he last tasted victory at Flushing Meadows – back in 2012 – a result which paved the way for his win at Wimbledon the following summer. He defeated Djokovic to lift the US Open last time – will the Scot or the Serb be victorious this time around?
The Swiss master may have lost the first set of his third-round clash against Marcel Granollers, but defeat in that first set appeared to galvanise him, as he took the Spaniard apart in the next three sets, conceding only three games.
Federer may perhaps be an outside bet these days, but as he has showed numerous times, it really isn’t wise to write off a player that possesses such outstanding talent and trickery. With Nadal out of the picture, Federer is highly likely to be there or thereabouts at the tournament’s conclusion.
Federer’s compatriot continues to excel, and although the old master has leapfrogged him in the world rankings, Wawrinka is still very much one of the leading lights of the game at the moment. He moved into the quarters to join Murray on Monday with a relatively straightforward win over Tommy Robredo, and again, with Nadal out of the picture – he’ll fancy his chances of going all the way.
The race for this year’s US Open really is wide open, and as the week goes on, no doubt we’ll have plenty more thrills and spills. Remember, it’s the last Grand Slam of this year, so make the most of it!
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