It has been a yr not like another and US Open 2020 is actually going to a grand slam not like another. For starters, a take a look at the boys’s draw desk and also you see Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s identify lacking, for the primary time for the reason that 1999 version of the event. That is 39 grand slams and 11 US Open titles off the desk. Then Andy Murray’s identify flashes in common font, as a substitute of the daring used to establish the seeded gamers. Final however not the least, there will probably be no 16 qualifiers or a chosen qualifying rounds.
But the massive sigh of reduction for tennis followers throughout the globe is that the sports activities are lastly having one other grand slam this yr, second for 2020 after French Open was rescheduled to late September and Wimbledon was cancelled for the primary time since 1945. And there may be additionally Novak Djokovic, the one member of the Massive Three who will probably be competing this yr, together with two different US Open winners – Murray and Marin Cilic.
However does lack of challenges make Djokovic the outright favorite on the Flushing Meadows or will the issue actually end in selling a model new main winner?
With Federer recovering from his broken knee and Nadal opting to sit down out of the event in a bid to return for the French Open later subsequent month, Djokovic has the proper alternative to increase his grand slam tally to 18 – one behind the Spaniard and two behind the Swiss.
The three-time US Open winner has seemed assured in his recreation, regardless of a stiff neck firstly of final week, en path to his semifinal berth within the Cincinnati Masters and title win will solely function a morale booster for the Serb.
He’ll start his marketing campaign towards Damir Dzumhur, is prone to face Jan-Lenard Struff within the third spherical and big-serving American John Isner within the fourth spherical.
The massive names for the second half of the quarter are 12-seeded Denis Shapovalov, Nineteenth-seeded Taylor Fritz and Belgium’s David Goffin.
Doable quarterfinal match: Djokovic vs Goffin with the Serb heading into the semis.
Three of the top-10 seeds and two Subsequent Gen stars are a part of this quarter with Stefanos Tsitsipas being the favorite on this a part of the draw. He has already reached the semifinal spherical of the beating to massive names – Kevin Anderson within the spherical of 32 and John Isner in subsequent – each in straight units. Furthermore, he has been handed a quite simple draw. He’ll begin his marketing campaign towards Albert Ramos-Viñolas and will presumably face Borna Coric within the third spherical. The teen will in in any other case have a cakewalk into the quarters the place he may probably face Alexandre Zverev.
The lanky German will face Anderson within the first spherical and may find yourself going through Diego Schwartzman within the fourth spherical. Zverev, nevertheless, didn’t make a really comfy return to motion as he misplaced to Murray within the spherical of 32 of the Cincinnati Masters.
Doable quarterfinal match: Tsitsipas vs Zverev/Schwartzman with the fourth-seeded heading into the semis.
It was a stupendous and a ugly battle put forth by Daniil Medvedev final summer time in New York, particularly when his playing cards have been down and Nadal stood on the verge of victory. Though Nadal being Nadal fought again ultimately, Medvedev will probably be wanting to attract inspiration from his astounding run in America final yr. He did make a assured return this week in Cincinnati however fell to Roberto Bautista Agut within the quarters.
The third-seeded Russian has nevertheless been handed a transparent runway into the fourth spherical the place he may face Grigor Dimitrov, who though is but to recuperate absolutely having suffered from COVID-19.
The opposite half of this quarter has No. 6 Matteo Berrettini, who had reached the semis final yr. To not overlook, the potential darkish horse – Andrey Rublev.
Doable quarterfinal match: Medvedev vs Berrettini, with the Russian heading into the semis.
You’ll be able to’t any longer slot him into the Subsequent Gen class. And he now has the expertise of three main finals. But the Massive Three has denied him on all three events – twice by Nadal in French Open and earlier this yr in Australian Open by Djokovic. Might it lastly be the slam for Thiem? However with no Nadal and Roger as properly, and Djokovic within the full one other finish of the draw, it ought to have been a straight runway into the ultimate. Nevertheless, a lot to his dismay, he has been handed the hardest draw within the 2020 version. He’ll begin towards Jaume Munar, might face former US Open winner Cilic within the third spherical and one between No. 15 Felix Auger-Aliassime and Murray within the fourth spherical.
And his hassle does not finish there. The opposite half of that quarter contains Bautista Agut, Milos Raonic, Sam Querry and Karen Khachanov.
Doable quarterfinal match: Thiem vs Agut and we depart the prediction to you.
POSSIBLE SEMIFINAL MATCH: Djokovic vs Tsitsipas and Medvedev vs Thiem/Bautista Agut.
PREDICTED CHAMPION: Djokovic.
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