A Grand Slam which was immensely competitive, the quality of tennis incredible and undoubtedly the two best players throughout the tournament emerged as Champions of U.S Open 2013. The withdrawal of Russian Superstar Maria Sharapova a week before the U.S Open due to shoulder injury might have fainted the glamour quotient but the quality of tennis which was showcased was maintained at this year’s U.S Open was well above distinction.
As the days ticked off, after the initial overcast conditions and not-so-exciting upsets happening, slowly but surely the Grand Slam unfolded the magic of surprises. Serena steam-rolled past every opponent she faced and it was quite mesmerizing that she dropped not a single set and only around 16 games enroute to the finals. Reigning U.S Open champion Andy Murray was outclassed by the Swiss sensation Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets who went on to almost pull off another upset only to get beaten by the top seed Novak Djokovic in a 5-set thriller.
The pretenders slowly got detached from the group of real contenders for the title and eventually it was the top two seeds from both the men’s and Women’s circuit that made it to the finals. While the women’s number one Serena Williams prevailed against her 2nd seeded counterpart Victoria Azarenka, the men’s number one Noval Djokovic failed to overcome 2nd seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
Over in the doubles circuit, the Indo-Czech pairing of Leander Paes and Radek Stephanek demolished the second seeded Austria-Brazilian pair 6-1 6-3 to win the men’s doubles title.
The fifth-seeded Czechs pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka rallied from down a set and a break to win their first US Open women’s doubles title beating Australia’s Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-4.
In mixed doubles, Max Mirnyi won his fourth Grand Slam mixed doubles title Friday, teaming with Andrea Hlavackova for a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over Santiago Gonzalez and Abigail Spears.
Here are some interesting facts regarding this year’s U.S Open Grand Slam –
- Former U.S Open champion Lleyton Hewitt reaching the 4th round and almost making it to the quarters. Hewitt lost in a 5-set thriller against Mikhail Youzhny in what was his 2nd 5-setter of the tournament having previously beaten 6th seed Juan Martin Del Potro in the 2nd round. Infact this was the first time since he won the title in 2001 that Hewitt had defeated a top ten opponent at the US Open.
- 2008 French Open Champion and 13th seeded Ana Ivanovic, won her first set against a top ten opponent at a Grand Slam since she won the 2008 French Open, ending a streak of 15 consecutive sets lost against a top ten seed.
- Serena Williams won 24 consecutive games from 1–1 in the second set against Sloane Stephens in the fourth round through to 1–0 in the second set against Li Na in the semi-finals, breaking her own record of 23 games at last year’s US Open.
- For the second consecutive year, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka contested the women’s final, marking the first time since 2001–02 in which two consecutive US Open finals were contested between the same two players. And with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal having contested the men’s final, this marked the first time since the 2000 Australian Open in which both the men’s and women’s finals were contested between the top two.
- By winning the US Open, Rafael Nadal became the first player since Andy Roddick in 2003 to capture the 3 major consecutive US hard-court season titles, namely the Roger’s Cup, Cincinnati Masters and US Open.
- But is this the end of the Road for Roger Federer?
Compiled by Nikhil Deshpande
Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal are truly the undisputed Champions and unquestionably dominated U.S Open 2013 from start to finish.
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