Every Grand Slam brings its only positives accompanied with its share of negatives. It’s only a matter of which side was your favorite player on. If you’re a Rafael Nadal or a Serena Williams fan, you certainly had a joyous fortnight, whereas if you are a Roger Federer or an Andy Murray fan, you’d like to forget the last 15 days of tennis that took place at U.S Open 2013.
So let’s cut the foreplay and get to the actual learning from this year’s U.S Open.
1. Rafael Nadal – No longer just a Clay Court Bully
13 Grand Slams now out of which 8 are on Clay court [French open] and the other three majors add up to only half of that number, people tend to tag Nadal as a Clay Court bully, in the nicest way obviously but they do. Or at least they did. This year not only has Rafael Nadal shattered that image by capturing the 3 major consecutive US hardcourt season titles, namely the Roger’s Cup, Cincinnati Masters and US Open but also remained unbeaten with a 22-0 record on hard-courts which is truly remarkable. Now with the myth shattered we can only hope for bigger surprises from the Spanish wizard.
2. Age is just a number in Women’s tennis –
Of the eight women to reach the U.S. Open’s quarterfinals this year, a record five were 30 years or older: Williams, a four-time champion, Li Na, with her best showing in the event to date; 30-year-old Daniela Hantuchova and Flavia Pennetta, 31, who defeated Roberta Vinci, 30 making it to the semi-finals the very first time.
3. Sunset for Roger Federer’s career?
Though it would not be fair and very foolish of us to rule out a champion and a genius like Roger Federer from any tournament that he enters but are his golden days finally coming to an end? Just Only 1 Grand slam in last 3 years and 1 title this calendar year 2013, a semi-final exit at the Australian Open, a quarter-final exit at the French Open, a defeat at the hands of 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine in the second round and a 4th round exit at the final grand slam of the year U.S Open 2013. Things are heading south for Roger’s career at the moment and we can only hope and pray that things turn around for the Swiss Maestro.
So is it the end of the Road for Roger Federer?
4. Serena Williams might be the best ever
Only one set dropped, winning 6-0, 6-0 in the quarter-finals and losing less than a dozen and half games enroute to the finals, it was Serena’s fifth U.S. Open title and her 17th Grand Slam championship. She’s now just one major away from Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on the list of most major titles in the Open era. That would tie her for second, behind Steffi Graf at 22. In 2013 – 11 finals. 9 titles. 2 Majors. More than 9 MILLION in prize money. WOW and WOW!
Chris Evert herself tweeted saying that the 31-year-old Williams is already the best of all time.
@PatrickMcEnroe I think Serena best player ever up until now; more powerful, no weaknesses, better technology,better training,diet…etc.
— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) June 9, 2013
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By Nikhil Deshpande