The 2010 U.S. Open Grand Slam starts today at Flushing Meadows in New York. It is the final grand slam of the year and promises to be a nail-biting affair! There is so much to win – and lose – for the players.
Here’s what’s cooking….
Currently 4th on the ATP rankings, Andy Murray is a very strong contender for this tournament. He has had fair success this year, but hasn’t made too much of an impression on the courts. He has never won a Grand Slam. Is he hungry enough to step up and take the U.S. Open? Some might argue, that while he great at the counter-attack, he does not want to win badly enough and splutters at the finish. Let’s not forget that he has a great hardcourt game and he may just hold his nerve to win it this time.
The Fed is, of course, one of the all-time greats of tennis. For this reason, he is a natural contender to win the US Open tournament. He made tennis history at the 2009 Wimbledon men’s final when he won his 15th title, surpassing tennis legend Pete Sampras’ record for the most Grand Slam wins ever. But he has not won a Grand Slam title this year yet, so this is the last chance to get his name on the trophy. He is a worthy opponent on the hardcourt surface and will, no doubt, have his eyes on the prize in this tournament.
Rafa has been playing brilliantly his year, winning all the Grand Slams so far for 2010. Now he just has to take the US Open to complete his trophy collection for 2010. Can he do it? We all know that clay is his surface – he is absolutely unbeatable when he is in top form. He has been quite unbeatable this year, and not only on clay. He reclaimed the number 1 spot on the ATP rankings after he beat Robin Soderling in straight sets at the French Open, earlier this year. I’m hoping his game is hardcourt-ready. Then again, I am biased – he is my number one player!
Novak Djokovic could a contender, but he has not exactly been playing great tennis recently. While he is the 3rd ranked player, he has not been stepping up and winning tournaments much of late. But things can change and he may have one final go at winning a major tournament this year. That will be a refreshing change from him.
Tomas Berdych has been successful on hardcourts this year, and could make an impression. If he has luck on his side, he may even make it to the men’s singles final. I’m not that convinced by him though, but anything can happen.
Who else can could take the trophy? Well, if you’re a betting person (which I’m not) you can check out crunchsports.com‘s pre-tournament analysis for a look at the odds-on favourites and who are up and coming.
Personally, I would love to see Rafa take 4 Grand Slams this year to make up for this lacklustre 2009 season. Although I am a big fan, I am realistic. I know that hardcourt is not Nadal’s best playing surface. My top contenders for this tournament is Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray. Still, it is going to be an exciting Grand Slam, whoever wins!
Go Rafa! :)