Flushing Meadows is the scene for the last tennis Grand Slam event of the calendar year, the US Open. So far, in 2012, each major has been won by a different player but will it continue?
Novak Djokovic returns to defend the US Open crown that he won so magnificently last year, but after a poor last four months by his high standards he has lost his world No.1 mantle.
Djokovic produced some of the best tennis seen in the last 10 years to beat Roger Federer (pictured) and then Rafael Nadal in the final 12 months ago. The fact that the Serbian even made the final was a surprise as he found himself 5-2 down in the deciding set to Roger Federer in his semi.
Federer has since returned to the top of the men’s game after winning the Wimbledon title and reaching the final in the Olympics. Federer is seeded number one this year, but he has been unfairly drawn to meet third seed Andy Murray in the semi-finals, instead of David Ferrer the fourth seed, who is in Djokovic’s side of the draw.
Rafael Nadal’s run of injuries has sadly continued and having not played since his shock defeat in the second round of Wimbledon, it seems as though he will not return until 2013.
After battering Roger Federer in the Olympic final in front of a partisan centre court crowd, the time may finally have come for Andy Murray to win his first and long overdue major title. The penny may finally have dropped for Murray. Having already lost three Grand Slam finals, if he were to reach a fourth on Arthur Ashe court in two weeks, one suspects that he may finally be mentally tough enough.
Outside the top three, Juan Martin Del Potro is the most dangerous proposition. The big hitting Argentine looks as though he is back to the form that saw him win the US Open title in 2009. He recently reached the semi finals of both Wimbledon and the Olympic Games. Del Potro is seeded to meet Djokovic in the quarters, in a re-match of the bronze medal match from the Olympics.
In the absence of Nadal, Ferrer has questionably been seeded fourth and his quarter of the draw looks the most open. Janko Tipsarevic is the man that could potentially reach the semi-finals at the expense of Ferrer.
As long as Djokovic can beat Del Potro in a mouth-watering quarter-final then he is very likely to reach the final, and will surely either play Murray or Federer. Murray’s only danger before the semis is another quarter-final against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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Federer thrashed Djokovic at the Cincinnati Masters last week to show the Olympic humiliation had left no scars. The Swiss great is likely to pick up his sixth US Open title. The only stumbling block may be Murray and their potential semi-final is more like a final.