Not many tournaments in the world receive the same kind of appreciation as U.S. open does. What makes this Grand Slam so special is the fact that it has improved itself over the years, continually adapting itself to it’s surroundings and has still managed to uphold the integrity of it’s history.
One example of this is that the US Open is the only major that employs tiebreakers in every set of a match including the deciding set. This year will be the 135th edition of the tournament and it still feels fresh and new every single year.
Open fact of the day: U.S. open was played on Grass courts (1881-1974) and Clay courts (1975-1977) before taking up hard courts as its preferred surface (1978-present).
The Grand Slam with the highest financial commitment of 19,852,700 US Dollar, U.S. open is watched and followed all over the world. This year promises to be another great edition of this historic tournament.
A five- time champion at the U.S. open, Roger Federer holds the record for most consecutive titles (5) at this tournament. He also holds the record for most U.S. open titles(5) along with Jimmy Connors and his idol Pete Sampras.
Roger made it to the semi-finals last year losing to the eventual champion, Marin Cilic. That was a disappointing loss for the Swiss keeping in mind that he was winning the head to head battle with a commanding 5-0 lead against the big Croat before the tournament.
However, this year is different. Federer is in great form and made it to the Wimbledon finals. The world no. 2 has played some of his finest tennis this year and is considered as the favourite coming into the U.S. open.
A 5 time winner at this tournament, Pete Sampras, had the following to say about Federer’s chances this year.
Things need to fall into place, but he can do it.
In 2011, the best year of his professional career, Novak Djokovic won three majors including the U.S. open. This year, the world number 1, looks to repeat his results. He has already bagged the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and is a hot favourite to win the U.S. Open as well. He is the current world no. 1 and is way ahead of others in the points table. With his opponents dithering about their chances of winning, the Serbian will look to win the 10th Grand Slam of his career.
U.S. open is a special tournament for Andy, as this is where he won his first Grand slam back in 2012. This year, his chances of winning are certainly better compared to last year. He was seeded 8 th in last year’s edition, his lowest seeding at a major since Wimbledon 2008. He made to the quarter finals in 2014 but lost to Novak Djokovic in four sets. With an improved seeding and better form, Andy will look to do better this year and make U.S. open even more special for him.
World number 8. Yes, that’s right. A 2 time U.S. open champion, Nadal has fallen down to number 8 in the rankings. In his latest interview, the Spaniard had the following to say.
I’m having the worst season in my past 11 years, but I think I can still be a dangerous player. The most important thing for me is to see myself playing at a high level again. I believe that I’m close to that.
The Spaniard has not won any major or masters this year, which is surprising considering the fact that he is a 14 time Grand Slam champion, second in the list of maximum majors won by a player. He also holds a record 27 masters titles and is the only player to have won one or more Masters 1000 Titles for 10 consecutive years. But the big question is, can he bring his game together and produce some magic at the final Grand Slam of the year ?
Quarter Finalists: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, Kei Nishikori
Semi- finalists : Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori
Finalists: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic
Winner: Roger Federer