Key Questions For The US Open
Added by Guest on August 20, 2013.
In less than 1 week, New York City will host the 2013 US Open of tennis in what is invariably one of the great sporting events of the year. As the last of the 4 “Grand Slam” tournaments, the US Open always seems to inspire heavy drama and fantastic moments. And, from the accessible practice courts, to the Heineken bars and lounges, to the beautiful stadium courts, there’s no better place to watch pro tennis than the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center! But with the tournament just around the corner, let’s look at a few of the top story lines heading into the Open.
Can Federer Win?
Roger Federer will enter the US Open as the #7 player in the world – his lowest ranking entering a major since, essentially, before he started winning them. Federer proved at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati that he can still compete with the best, coming within a few points of taking down Rafael Nadal – but the inevitable decline is real, and a win is becoming less probable.
Who’s The Men’s Favorite?
Well, in terms of betting odds, this one is decided for us. Betfair lists Novak Djokovic with the best odds of winning the Open, at 7/4. But in terms of analyst and fan expectations, this one looks to be a total toss-up between Djokovic, Nadal, and Wimbledon champ Andy Murray. Nadal, however, has the hot hand, having survived the entire hard court season thus far without a loss.
How Far Can John Isner Go?
American men’s tennis is in pretty bad shape, but until a gritty loss to Nadal in the final in Cincinnati, Isner was on a roll. He beat Richard Gasquet, Djokovic, and Juan Martin del Potro in the space of 4 days, and looks primed to make a serious run. The semifinals are a real possibility for the tall American.
Is Serena Beatable?
Well, yes. Victoria Azarenka just beat her at the Western & Southern. However, we all know just how unbeatable Serena Williams can look when she really wants it, and if anything the loss to Azarenka probably lit a fire under her. She should be the overwhelming favorite on the women’s side.
Will A Young American Emerge?
On the men’s side, this would mean something along the lines of Ryan Harrison or Jack Sock making a push for the quarterfinals or round of 16, which isn’t out of the question. On the women’s side, we could se a more major development. Sloane Stephens is pounding on the door of Grand Slam success, and though she needs to gain consistency, she’s proven she can beat the best.
On the women’s side, the smart money has to be on Serena Williams. On the men’s side, things are arguably more wide open than they have been in a decade, now that Federer and Nadal don’t reign alone over the sport. That said, however, Nadal looks like the right pick at this point.