With the US Open scheduled on 28th of August, the players are nurturing themselves with as much practice and rest before the podium is set for a final, major showdown of the 2017 season. To increase the curiosity and eagerness for this distinguished tournament, lets take a look at the players US Open 2017 Favourites – Men.
Federer couldn’t have had hoped for a merrier start to his US Open campaign as the King of Tennis readies himself to make his 16th US Open appearance. Federer, having won the Wimbledon 2017, is now by far the most successful tennis player of the year after bagging 5 trophies, one more than his Spanish compatriot, Rafael Nadal.
The Swiss legend last played on the hard courts of Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2015, where he satisfied himself with a runners-up position. Federer has gained so important momentum ahead of his US Open campaign, all thanks to his witty decision of skipping the clay season and taking the required break.
As far as records are concerned, Roger Federer itself means ‘records’. The guy has been so well in his US Open campaigns that the World No.3 had managed to bag 5 successive titles from 2004-08 and should he win this year, he would become the highest achieving player at the Flushing Meadows in the Open Era.
Federer, will be 36 years old by the time the tournament starts and the current World No.3 would surely be eyeing to end his 2017 season with the pro spot in contention. It will be intriguing to watch Feddy compete with all the odds favouring the Swiss after an emphatic Wimbledon win. Though it has to be noted that Federer has been distanced from the trophy since his last win in 2008.
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With Novak Djokovic out and Andy Murray not a potential threat anymore with a plagued tennis season, the King of Clay enters the US Open 2017 with some good form to back his spine. The Spaniard is bidding to win his 3rd title this season in a simultaneous attempt to overthrow the Brit, Andy Murray off the top spot.
Nadal has had a great season so far after securing a decima at Monte Carlo Masters, Barcelona Open and French Open though he failed to charm at the All England Tennis Club this year, succumbing to Gilles Muller’s witty and triumphant play in the Round of 16.
Nadal has till date won twice at the US Open and would surely be eyeing to grab hold of this opportunity to end his season as the number 1. Though, it is interesting to know the fact that the Spaniard has failed to make it to the finals since his last title win against Djokovic. But with Djokovic out of sight and Andy Murray plagued with hip problems, Nadal is in advantage and undoubtedly is one of the strongest favourites to compete Roger Federer for the title.
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The defending champ, Stan Wawrinka is coming in with an awful first round exit at the Wimbledon Championships 2017. The Swiss is a major competitor to the title race considering his love for the hard courts.
The Swiss has managed to get through to the semis or even further in the last 4 years, with a taste of success in 2016. With the Djokovic out, Wawrinka might find it a bit relaxing but will surely face a tough competition from the other end of the court from the likes of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Wawrinka has fared up well in his recent years, with the Swiss winning a Grand Slam each in the previous 4 years. Despite this, Wawrinka has been over passed by the Wimbledon winner, Roger Federer as well as the Rolland Garros winner Rafael Nadal, ousting him from the 2nd position.
Wawrinka has just won the tournament once but has managed to defeat the elites including Rafael Nadal and Djokovic in some major finals but the has faced a constant hindrance from his Swiss compatriot in Roger Federer and thus would need a helping hand for sure if he is to be drawn with Federer in the same half. He will surely be eyeing to return back to the top 2 with this title win.
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Despite of Murray being blocked by a hip injury, he is still amongst the favourites list considering his position on the ATP charts and also the unpredictability of this British player.
Murray hasn’t announced anything as of now for his intentions to play at the US Open. Though we would be hoping for the very best as Djokovic is already missing the tournament, Murray has a fair chance to bounce back up from his under-whelming form this season.
Murray last won a title at the Dubai Open and since then has even failed to enter the finals. He managed uptil the quarters of Wimbledon this year though it can’t be recorded to be a revival for Murray. He surely does need to overcome the menace of hip injury before the start of US Open or else would suffer some painful loss.
Murray last won at Flushing Meadows in 2012, defeating Djokovic in a 5 set thriller.
The 2014 US Open winner, Marin Cilic was seen crying his heart out after his loss to the ultimate winner, Roger Federer in the finals.
Federer tormented Cilic throughout the match, leaving the Croat in tears. The Croat hasn’t won any major titles this year expunging the Istanbul Open title. But his biggest achievement could be noted as ending up as the runners-up at Wimbledon 2017.
And should the Croat win his 2nd title this year, he would surely be lining up a top 5 return, a target he set for himself a year ago. Cilic hasn’t had any major results to spur his confidence as the World No. 6 prepares himself to be cognizant off his previous mistakes and finding perfect-imperfect solutions to those problems.
The US Open is going to entertaining and gripping than ever and would surely feature a fierce battle between the top 5 contenders. And never forget the dark horses of any race in the present times, Dominic Thiem and Alexandr Zverev. The two aren’t the strong favourites to lift the title though they have the ultimate potential to dig in deep into the tournament.
The US Open qualifiers commence from 22nd August with the main draw kick starting from 28th August and running till 10th September.