Will Anyone Other Than Federer Or Djokovic Win The US Open?

Aug 21, 2012

With the 2012 edition of the US Tennis Open almost upon us all tennis fans will soon be discussing their favoured players and who they think will get their hands on the silverware this year, in the men’s singles competition the most pertinent question would seem to be “will anyone other than Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic win the US Open”? We have not had a Grand Slam men’s singles champion other than Federer, Djokovic or Rafael Nadal since Juan Martin Del Potro’s upset victory over the Swiss Maestro in the 2009 US Open final.

With Nadal unable to play in this year’s event due to injury, the likelihood of the champion once again being named either Federer or Djokovic seems highly probable, outside of the world’s top two players Olympic Champion Andy Murray appears to be fancied by most tennis pundits as having the best chance to dethrone the duo and claim his first Grand Slam title, but the big question on most people’s lips is “will he”? Winning the Olympic Gold Medal in London would have done wonders for the Scot’s confidence and he was rightfully praised for his victory and efforts at SW19 recently, however he is currently 0 from 4 when it comes to the big dance at Grand Slam events and glory at the Olympic Games will not guarantee his success in New York.

The next best contender seem’s to be Del Potro but he is trying to shake off the effects of an annoying left wrist injury that he picked up in Cincinnati and he will need to be at his very best to claim his second Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has the ability but is another who has also fallen victim to injury recently so the Frenchman will be keen to get some match play this week at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina. The only other player currently ranked in the world’s top 10 who has made a Grand Slam final previously is Czech Tomas Berdych who hasn’t exactly been in scintillating form either, then there is a group of players the likes of David Ferrer, Janko Tipsarevic, John Isner and Milos Raonic who, while they are capable of going deep at the Slams, would certainly be considered big outsiders to lift the trophy and win their first major event.

People have long talked about the Big 3 of Federer, Djokovic and Nadal when it comes to the majors and it appears that from all accounts there will be another Big 3 at this year’s event, although this time it looks like being Federer, Djokovic and Murray, it is difficult to predict with any confidence that someone other than Federer or Djokovic will win the 2012 edition of the US Tennis Open, I think it’s unlikely to happen but if fate intervenes and it doesn’t end up being Roger or Novak who is crowned champion in New York then I’m picking the champion’s first name will be probably be Andy.

Written by: Tono

(4) Comments

Adunar says:
Aug 21, 2012

Well Tony, I think you’re right. The winner is certainly either Roger or Novak. A final between those two would be their 6th consective time the meet in the late stages at the US Open (07 final, 08, 09, 10 and 11 SF!). Federer is 3-2 and was twice one point away fro winning in each of those two defeats. With the confidence he has built this summer, Roger seems to have the edge.

But a tricky DelPo or Murray could destroy his dream.

I agree that Murray and DelPo are the two other big threats. Tsonga and Isner have also been injured recently so it’s hard to say. I really can’t see anyone else reaching the final.

If Ferrer gets the help of an early-exit from his possible QF opponent (Berdych or Tipsy) then he could have a great road to the SF. No one of the top 3 seeds would like to get DelPo in their quarters I guess. The draw would be well balanced if the Tandil Tower fell in Ferrer’s quarter.

Tono says:
Aug 23, 2012

It’s certainly looking that way Adunar, Roger has every reason to be confident of his chances at Flushing Meadows I feel, if he gets a favourable draw then I think he will start favourite in New York.
Some of the other big boys are always a threat and are capable of beating Fed or Nole on any given day but question is can they go on and win the title….I don’t think so!

Tsonga, Delpo, Berdych, Isner, Fish or Raonic could be the potential dream destroyers of either Roger or Novak but the only problem is it will probably empty their mental tank in doing so. :/

ebangala says:
Aug 23, 2012

Here’s the list of my top 10 favourites to win the Open, separated into 5 tiers. Tier 1 – Roger Federer (great service in Cincinnati and is well rested), Novak Djokovic – (normally the best hard court player but he seems a little bit tired, not mentally, but physically, which is why I picked Fed over him). Should any of these players fail to win, this next class of players will probably do the trick – Juan Martin Del Potro (when he’s at 100%, even though he’s 8th overall, he is one of the top 5 hard court players on tour, and impressed in a semi appearance in Cincinnati), and Andy Murray (going into the final GS of the year with momentum from his gold medal, but it’s been hindered by mediocre results in the two Masters 1000 Series preceding the Open). The third class of players includes Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (hard hitter that has great results on this surface, and Janko Tipsarevic (his style is basically just like Nole’s but the reason he hasn’t been nearly as successful is because Nole executes everything 10-20% better). John Isner is 7th on my list and first in the fourth tier of players, as his serve and home crowd have the potential to take him far. 4th seed David Ferrer is highly underestimated because he doesn’t hit or serve very well, but I say his speed and endurance make uo for his lack of firepower when it comes to his groundstrokes. Rounding out the top 10 is the final class of players including Milos Raonic, who impressed myself with two QF showings in Toronto and Cincinnati respectively, followed by Mardy Fish, who, despite plummeting in the rankings, does very well on hard courts.

Adunar says:
Aug 23, 2012

Hey ebangala!

I think your ten players are the same as mine, expect I’d put Murray ahead of Delpo and Isner ahead of Tipsy.

other outsiders could be Gasquet, Haas, Wawrinka, maybe Roddick. The american sometimes surpises everyone and I don’t think people are expecting a lot from him this year.

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