With all the action at the All England Club complete and eyes firmly set on the hard court season and the US Open, we thought it would be a good idea to focus on the expectations of the fourth and final major of the year. There are some intriguing names expected to triumph at the tournament this year, with the primary target being to challenge the likes of Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, who is hoping to wrap up all four grand slams in her home country this month.
There’s no doubt the two world number ones mentioned above will elevate themselves to new heights with consecutive grand slam victories and both have their own incentives. Djokovic is now level with the likes of Agassi, Lendl and Connors on the list of all-time major winners for instance. Here are some of the early predictions for the upcoming US Open.
Serena to Achieve the Perfect Season
Serena has already won the three other majors of the year and she will win her 22nd slam this month if she proves victorious at the US Open. That will leave her level with Steffi Graf at the top of the leader board in the open era. It’s a huge amount of pressure to have on your shoulders but is there anyone better suited to handling it than Serena?
Wimbledon was her 21st slam and she’s in what many would describe as the form of her life right now. She is a huge favourite to claim another slam this month and make even more history.
Harrison Will Reach the Third Round
Ryan Harrison isn’t quite the name on everyone’s lips just yet but the America, who is considered the next big thing in his homeland, could use the US Open to breakthrough. Unfortunately, he has struggled on court in recent times with injuries and this has led many to discard him at this early stage in his career.
However, his form is improving and there’s no better time to prove yourself to the crowd and show what you’re made of. He’s No.27 in the rankings at the moment and has told VICE sports that he’s “getting better”. Keep an eye on this home favourite this year as he could well be the surprise package.
We’ll Have a Different Men’s Champion to Last Year
It’s a bit harsh on Marin Cilic really, who worked incredibly hard to fight his way to the US Open title last time round but with the likes of Djokovic and Federer in particular playing incredible tennis and both Murray and Nadal searching for springboards back into form on the hard court, it could be tough for the Croat who upset both Federer and Berdych last year.
He’s been injury plagued this year as well and fell at the quarters to Djokovic at Wimbeldon. He’s lost nearly half of his matches this year and that could well mean that he’ll fall short at the US Open this month.
Coco Vandeweghe to Continue Improving
Another 23-year old American with bags of talent, Vandeweghe could be America’s biggest hope this year in terms of breakthrough acts. At Wimbledon she was excellent; especially considering it was her breakthrough tournament.
It took an in-form Maria Sharapova to stop her and she’s reached No.32 in the world rankings. Hard courts suit her game, so this could be the perfect platform to compete for a noticeably high finish at the US Open.
Nadal and Federer Will Face Each other
Could this finally be the year that the two powerhouses of tennis over the last decade will face each other at the US Open. They’ve competed tirelessly for so many years yet failed to compete against each other in America, so could this be the year our predictions come true? If they do, it would seem Federer would be the monumental favourite with Nadal struggling on his comeback from injury.
He fell early on to Dustin Brown at Wimbledon and was seeded a measly 6th at the All England Club. American tennis fans cross their fingers regardless as both players will be keen to pit themselves against each other once more.
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