With the final grand slam of the year approaching at Flushing Meadows, New York, who realistically are in with a shot at claiming the prestigious title?
The Us Open is the biggest and most sought after hard court title for every player involved in the ATP tour. The grandness of this tournament means that it takes a special player, or a special performance to ultimately win the championship.
Sometimes form coming into Flushing Meadows means everything, sometimes it is not very important, however every year there is only a select number of players who are likely to stand a chance of winning the title.
However sometimes a result can be surprising; nobody was expecting Andy Murray to claim victory last year against undisputed world number one Novak Djokovic. However this year, it is different.
I see no surprises coming at this year’s US Open, I only see one of three men winning, this year it is likely to be a three horse race between Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, as players like Roger Federer just haven’t been on the form to be recognised as a favourite.
Nadal’s grand slam form hasn’t been the best this year, injured for the first slam of the year in Melbourne, and going out in the first round at Wimbledon. In fact Nadal’s favourite slam, the French open was his only grand slam title of the year, winning his eighth title and proving that he is the true king of clay.
However despite his loss at Wimbledon, since his return from injury Nadal has been awesome, winning eight titles overall, most recently in Cincinnati after a victory over American John Isner, briefly earning his number two in the world spot.
Nadal has had an impressive hard court season, and is sure to be one of the front runners in the US Open, should his form continue.
Murray must be a lot of tennis fans’ clear favourite to retain his title in New York. Ever since winning the title last summer, Murray has turned into a more complete and exiting player. Murray has had a brilliant season in the grand slams, firstly earning the runners up spot at the
Australian Open after a marathon five-hour final against Djokovic.
Although he was injured during the French Open, Murray quickly came back into form, with titles at his home tournament Queens Club, followed by the headline making win at Wimbledon.
After Wimbledon however Murray has not been on the best run, being knocked out of American hard court tournaments earlier than he would have expected. Having said that, going purely by his performances in grand slams this year, Murray is certainly one of the favourites to retain his title.
Finally, the third likely contender for the US Open title, Djokovic. Although not quite hitting the heights of two years ago, when he went unbeaten for most of the year after winning the Wimbledon title, the Serb-anator has certainly been the best player in the world once again, truly deserving of the spot as world number one.
His form in this year slams has once again been impressive, even though he has only won one title out of three. His year began as you would expect, winning the title in Australia, a place where he seems almost unbeatable.
Djokovic came unstuck in the semi-finals of the French Open, being defeated by Nadal. He was also beaten in the Wimbledon final by Murray, but getting to at least the semi-finals at all slams is still very impressive.
His form coming up to Flushing Meadows has been lacklustre, but even that can’t lessen Djokovic’s chances, he is a clear favourite.
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