The last Grand Slam tournament of the 2016 tennis season is HERE!!!
The year has definitely been exciting, with a lot of ups and downs of the top 4 players in the Men’s category (Djokovic, Murray, Nadal and Federer), a lot of surprises at the major tournaments, but also a lot of new, young and talented players have shined throughout the season (Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem, etc.). Oh yeah, let’s not forget the memorable performance of Juan Martin Del Potro at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro!!!
Anyways, as we are getting ready to enjoy the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, let’s see what we can expect from the Top 4 players, or should we say Top 3 (considering the fact that Roger Federer has decided to sit out the remainder of the 2016 tennis season).
Rafael Nadal has struggled throughout the season. In the last couple of years he is unable to find his best form as he is bothered with injuries all the time. He performance at the US Open could be at a high level, considering the fact that he was displaying great shape at the Olympic Games most recently, where he ended up winning a GOLD medal in doubles and reached the semifinals in singles, losing first to Del Potro and later on to Kei Nishikori in the Bronze medal match. His first match at the US Open will be against Denis Istomin. Should he reach the semifinal match, he could face Novak Djokovic, since they both are on the same side of the bracket!!!
Andy Murray is considered as the Top favorite to win his second US Open!!! Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have struggled with injuries during the season but Murray somehow was the only player from the TOP 4 that managed to stay healthy and play at all of the major tournaments. The Olympic Games GOLD medalist has recently stated that he refuses to be considered the favorite to win the US Open, stating that if Nadal and Djokovic both play at the tournament, that it will mean that both are healthy and ready to attack the title. However, both of them are not on his side of the bracket, which could only make it easier for the Britt to reach the finals. He will face Lukas Rosol in the first round!!!
Novak Djokovic could save the season on a high note at the US Open. After a devastating first round loss to Juan Martin Del Potro at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and his decision to pull out of the Masters in Cincinnati last week because of the pain in his left hand wrist, Djokovic hopes to be fit for the US Open. He medical staff has worked hard to heal the wrist injury but Djokovic’s most recent press and media statements have not been too optimistic. He should not, at least, have troubles reaching the semifinal, as he starts of the tournament against Jerzey Janovic.
The US Open will certainly not be the same without the great Roger Federer, who decided to miss the rest of the 2016 season due to the problems with knee injury, but we are sure that the tournament will not lack the excitement, especially knowing that the Prize money pool has been increased with 10% compared to 2015. A total of $46.3 of prize million will be divided between Men’s and Women singles ($16.5 mill. each), Men’s and Women doubles ($2.5 mill. each) and Mixed Doubles ($600.000), while the rest of the remaining prize money will be distributed for the qualifying rounds participants.
Words By: Admir Aljic