Its the start of the final Grand Slam of the year today, and as the build-up mounted, there’s still so many questions that remain up in the air, and so many talking points left to discuss.
Will Andy Murray continue the form he showed at Wimbledon or will Djokovic prove too strong in fighting for revenge? Will Nadal’s knees hold up to help him storm to victory? And can Roger Federer regain his form in time for such a major competition?
It’s time for SportsNewsIreland to offer a preview of the main title contenders.
Having finally emerged from underneath the mammoth 77-year shadow cast by Fred Perry’s record, the future looks incredibly bright for the Scot right now. The heady, dreamlike days of his Wimbledon win against Djokovic in straight sets amidst rows of anticipation, strawberries and cream might be well and truly behind him but the experiences are sure to stay with him.
And as he returns to Flushing Meadows as a defending champion, he’s likely to push on from his SW19 win in an effort to cement his place as a favourite at the US Open. But also, he’s likely to want to replace the tension and angst into something a little more calm; halcyon tennis. Of course, he’ll face stern competition from the rest.
Having come out in top in one of the best matches of tennis in the open era history earlier in the summer at Wimbledon against Juan Martin Del Potro, Djokovic will be confident of his ability to be successful at Flushing Meadows over the next couple of weeks.
The Serbian has already been confirmed as the top seed ahead of the tournament, although with the world no. 1 suffering a slight set back with a defeat in the quarter-final of the Cincinnati Open, he’ll be keen to prove a point in the early stages of the competition. Expect him to reach the semi-finals at least.
So far, this year has been quite topsy-turvy for the Spaniard. His very early exit in the second round of Wimbledon, was preceded by a fantastic and historic eighth win at the French Open on clay. Knee injuries have plagued him time and time again, however he’s always managed to bounce back to victory and come out fighting again – Can he do it this time?
The 27-year-old is coming back in to form at the perfect time with a win at the Cinicnatti Open final against John Isner only a few days ago underlining his impeccable ability to persevere . It’s difficult to say – Will we be seeing Nadal’s famous trademark smile come the end of the tournament?
It’s shocking to write it, but Roger Federer, who is arguably the greatest tennis player in the history of the game, is the world no.7 ahead of the US Open. The Swiss star really hasn’t had the best of years, as he’s under-performed time and time again at a variety of important events. As reported by The Guardian, he is seeded outside the top three for the first time in 10 years.
Whispers and rumblings have begun to start that the 32-year-old’s time as a title challenger is coming to an end. Could it really be?
He didn’t win the US Open five times to be discounted so easily, and he’ll be sure to fight back against the current of criticism with a few sterling displays of his own.
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