With one week left to go, tennis fans are gearing up for what many - including Andy Roddick’s coach – claim will be one of the best US Open tournaments in history. Nadal is back after recovering from knee injuries and looking strong. Andy Murray is now ranked No. 2 in the world and Federer’s newly found fatherhood seems to suit him well.
What has made this grand slam different than past years? Well the recent US Open series tournaments have produced rare matchups in the series history. The top 8 ranked men in the world all reached the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal for the first time since 1972. Then in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Financial in Cincinatti No. 1 Federer faced No. 2 Murray while No. 3 Nadal battled No. 4 Djokovic. This was also the strongest playing field in Cincinnati’s history. Accecpting only 44 men and 45 women directly, the lowest ranked man on the premliminary list was No. 44 while the lowest ranked female was No. 49.
Results of those previous tournaments:
Rogers Cup – Montreal, Canada
Men’s Singles: A. Murray (defeating J. Del Potro)
Women’s Singles: E. Dementieva (defeating M. Sharapova)
Men’s Doubles: D. Nestor/N. Zimonjic (defeating B. Bryan/M. Bryan)
Women’s Doubles: N. Llagostera Vives/M. Martinez Sanchez (defeating S. Stosur/R. Stubbs)
Western & Southern Financial Group Masters & Women’s Open – Cincinatti, OH
Men’s Singles: R. Federer (defeating N. Djokovic)
Women’s Singles: J. Jankovic (defeating D. Safina)
Men’s Doubles: M. Bhupathi/M. Knowles (defeating M. Mirnyi/A. Ram)
Women’s Doubles: C. Black/L. Huber (defeating N. Llagostero Vives/M. Martinez Sanchez
This week, the world’s top players are taking a break while others are using the Piolot Pen as the last warm-up tournament before next week’s grand slam.
Don’t miss out on what could potentially be a historic year for the US Open! Tickets to the US Open are still available for all sessions. This is also the last week to purchase rain-out insurance.