Who Will Shine at The U.s Open?
After tennis’s most prestigious tournament has come to its end, tennis fans will now be awaiting the next Grand Slam, the U.S Open in august. With a number of stars shining, who will emerge victorious?
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Wimbledon has come and gone. This year’s edition of the tennis’s most prestigious tournament had its share of moments, surprises and shocking events. Perhaps the most shocking event was Rafael Nadal’s 2nd round exit at the hands of an unseeded Lukas Rosol of Czech Republic. The most emotional moment was undoubtedly Roger Federer’s 7th triumph at Wimbledon. The most disappointment must have been endured by Britain’s Andy Murray. Who was again so close, yet so far away to capture his first grandslam. But Wimbledon 2012 has come to its end, it’s time to look forward to perhaps the most entertaining grandslams of the year. Let’s now look at some of the players’ recent performances and discuss their prospects, come August.
1. Roger Federer
The 2012 Wimbledon champion, the brand new world number 1, the maestro. He has all the momentum by his side. With impressive performances on clay court and the grass court, it is time to see how Federer will hold up to the hard courts of the US Open. It took him 2 and a half years to win his 17th grand slam title. Federer has previously won the US Open on four different occasions. Last year, he lost to the eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the semi finals. With the momentum on his side, will Roger Federer fight his way and grab a 5th US Open title?
2. Rafael Nadal
The King of Clay has had a roller coaster year. He ended the curse of the Novak Djokovic by finally defeating him on the stage on which he has built his legacy, the 2012 French Open. Nadal grabbed his 7th French Open title earlier this year, an unparalleled task since Bjorn Borg ruled the clay courts. Nadal came into wimbledon with a great deal of momentum by his side, having won his 7th Roland Garros title and winning multiple clay court titles, his party was cut short at wimbledon. He was eliminated in the 2nd round by an unseeded Lukas Rosol in a shocking fashion. For Nadal, who has won 2 of his last 3 Wimbledon appearances and has made it to the final of the tournament since 2006 (except 2009, when he didn’t play due to injury), this was a devastating loss. It can be argued that Nadal was exhausted from the clay season. Now that he has got time in his hands, will the 2010 U.S Open champion once again capture glory?
3. Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic has had the best 2 years of his career. He has achieved remarkable success during 2011 and 2012. In 2011, he won 3 out of the 4 grand slam titles, an impressive feat for the serb. He remained world number 1 for over a year, eventually losing the spot to Roger Federer after Wimbledon 2012. After all that success, it now seems as if the serb is losing some of his steam. He was beaten by Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2012 French Open and was beaten in the semifinals of the Wimbledon 2012 by Roger Federer being the defending champion. Djokovic, who won the US Open 2011, however, can not be underestimated. He has all the tools to bounce back and restore his immense dominance once again. It will be nothing short of interesting to see how Djokovic performs at the US Open considering that hard courts are where his game flourishes the most.
Above mentioned three players have the top chances of prevailing in the 2012 US Open. Despite of each player’s form, there are a few dark horses in the race too in the form of Andy Murray and Joe-Wilfried Tsonga. These players can prove to be a great threat to the top three players of the world. We’ll just have to wait and watch as the US Open 2012 arrives.