US Open - Men's and Women's Draws

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    Aug 28, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    Well just wondering if we had any tennis fans on the forum and if decided to get the ball rolling on some US Open discussion. It is the last major of the season.

    Stories:
    Andy Murray surprised people in Cinci, still hasn't won a major, can this be his first?
    Affirmatively NO. He is godawful at the US Open, except for his breakthrough finals appearance, I don't think he has even been past the quarters in his career. I say he chokes and is the only one of the big 4 NOT in the Semis (lucky Novak)

    Rafa Nadal thought he would finally be able to rest east on the top, as Roger has dropped off slightly, but it has been Novak's year. Lost to Novak 5 times in the finals. Personally I am hoping for an early exit, before a couple years ago, this tournament was his worst.

    R Fed - It breaks my heart to see quarterfinal losses to JW Tsonga, especially at Wimbledon. He shines at the US Open, and everytime people are ready to count him out, he surprises everybody. I believe he 100 percent makes it to the tough SF against Novak, and want more than ever to see him come out on top. THis can be the first year since 2003 that he has not won a major, I'd like to think he is still my sentimental favourite and he is hungry for this title.

    Novak: 57-2... Best year since Federer's dominant in the mid-2000s, could be the best year ever. Of course he got his second loss, he has been playing more than anybody.

    Anybody outside the top 4 have a chance? Another JMDP?

    Women's Side:
    I'll just cut it short. Everybody is already stamping Serena in the finals. I say she comes up with a disappointing match, though it is impossible to cheer against her?

    Sharapova is another popular pick, Kvitova after Wimbledon as well.

    Everyone counting Wozniaki out. Na Li, another top 4 has basically disappeared. Very little challenge from other top players.


    So thought I would start the discussion if anybody wanted some US Open discussion.

    Go Roger!
  • ohioguy12

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    Aug 28, 2011 10:51 PM GMT
    I saw Djokovic play in person in Cincinnati about a week and a half ago, and he looked really tired, hopefully he'll be refreshed. He hurt his shoulder last time out, if that's not fully recovered, I don't see him winning. With his age, and the young crop of talent, I think this is Federer's last chance at a major, I agree with you, he will be hungry, but my money is on Nadal to win it.

    Since you've asked for someone outside of the top four, I'll go with Mardy Fish, he's been playing really well lately, only losing to Murray and Djokovic in his last couple tournaments.


    The women now a days is a crap shoot. Serena has the most talent, but she's not committed, and her injury may be a problem (Although I hear she faked being injured in Cincinnati so she could go to a party in Miami)

    The de facto number one, may be hungry to win her first grand slam, but she always disappoints. I'm disappointed Clijsters won't try to defend her title.

    If I had to pick someone, it would be Sharapova, although she can be a little inconsistent.
  • gymrat1

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    Aug 28, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    I go to the Cincy tournament everyday. Serena knew all she needed to do to get her ranking up high enough to be seeded at the open was to win her first round match in Cincy, which which she did, although it was close.

    She then defaulted....I know alot of people don't like her, but she is my favorite. She knows how to play the system. Why screw around in Cincinnati for the rest of the week- she already won the Master's series point total, whatever they call it. And won the last two tournaments....it's a grind.

    They asked her during the press conference if she was going to Kim Kardashian's wedding, since she was defaulting....she said she had not thought about it........but it sounded like a good idea. She did end up going
    to the wedding, which prompted alot of jokes on Chelsey Lately, from Josh Wolf, about the two biggest butts in the room.

    Rock on Serena icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 29, 2011 4:04 AM GMT
    Anyone interested in playing the Bracket Challenge?
  • ohioguy12

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    Aug 29, 2011 5:08 AM GMT
    ^^ I've never done it, but I guess I'd be interested
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    Aug 29, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    ohioguy12 said^^ I've never done it, but I guess I'd be interested


    It is on USOPEN official website. You have less than 12 hours to complete it.
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    Aug 29, 2011 6:23 AM GMT
    ohioguy12 saidI saw Djokovic play in person in Cincinnati about a week and a half ago, and he looked really tired, hopefully he'll be refreshed. He hurt his shoulder last time out, if that's not fully recovered, I don't see him winning. With his age, and the young crop of talent, I think this is Federer's last chance at a major, I agree with you, he will be hungry, but my money is on Nadal to win it.

    Since you've asked for someone outside of the top four, I'll go with Mardy Fish, he's been playing really well lately, only losing to Murray and Djokovic in his last couple tournaments.


    The women now a days is a crap shoot. Serena has the most talent, but she's not committed, and her injury may be a problem (Although I hear she faked being injured in Cincinnati so she could go to a party in Miami)

    The de facto number one, may be hungry to win her first grand slam, but she always disappoints. I'm disappointed Clijsters won't try to defend her title.

    If I had to pick someone, it would be Sharapova, although she can be a little inconsistent.


    Haha funny, I went to the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Unfortunately they switch it every year between the men and the women and Montreal and Toronto, so this year we had to watch the women, which are MUCH MUCH less interesting to watch.

    Of course Djoko looked tired in Cinci, the amount of tournaments he has played, making it to the finals of each is absolutely unreal. Reminds me of the days where Nadal would play way too much during the Clay Court season and into Wimbledon, and the amount of playing he did definitely caught up to him and got him injured for the better part of a year. I am shocked he has been able to keep it up.

    I love to watch Mardy Fish play and he has improved so much over the past year. Can you imagine that he took a set off of Djoko in Toronto and beat Nadal in Cinci? I think thats what he did.

    Sharapova was such a disppointment at the final at Wimbledon, but you are right when you said it was a crapshoot. Other than Serena and Kim, impossible to find a woman with any kind of consistency.


    To gymrat, its quite clear Serena never cared about any non-grandslam tournament. Except for Roger's 3 years of absolute dominance, he never cared about non-majors either. It is just amazing how Serena can perform without any kind of preperation or practice. Now that she does have the prep, I think she will be even that harder to beat.


    Oh to topspin, I am definitely down for a bracket, so just let me know where and what I'll need to do
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    Aug 29, 2011 6:28 AM GMT
    Here is the link Guys!

    http://bracketchallenge.usopen.org/
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    Aug 29, 2011 7:42 PM GMT
    Well the crapshoot that is the women's bracket was at full force today.

    First round exit from Wimbledon winner Kvitova... very nice
  • ohioguy12

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    Aug 30, 2011 12:56 AM GMT
    get2knowme saidWell the crapshoot that is the women's bracket was at full force today.

    First round exit from Wimbledon winner Kvitova... very nice


    Very surprising indeed. I thought Sharapova was gonna lose too, but she eventually picked it up.
  • hartfan

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    Sep 03, 2011 5:48 AM GMT
    Federer is looking as good as ever. The spotlight's no longer solely on him, and he has almost been slipping under the radar. But on the court he hasn't slipped up one bit. Definitely a semifinal pick, with only a couple possible roadblocks.

    Tsonga has beaten Federer twice this year, at Wimbledon and Montreal. Just when he appears to be fulfilling his potential, he disappoints with lackluster performances against Tomas Berdych and Alex Bogomolov, Jr. He looks solid in the first two rounds, but is now up against a resurging Fernando Verdasco. I'd say Tsonga's chances aren't great.

    Fish has been phenomenal this year, and appears to be getting better. With all that hard work he's finally found his groove and it is great to see him be the current face of American tennis. It could set up a very interesting quarterfinal with Roger, whom he's beaten only once in 7 tries, but with Mardy playing the best tennis of his life right now, this may be his chance.

    Nadal has looked out of sorts, chances are Djokovic is still in his head. However Nadal on a bad day is still better than nearly everyone else. Witness his first round match against Andrey Golubev--shaky but he got the job done. Considering his possible opponents in that side of the draw--Ferrer, Roddick, Gulbis, Nalbandian--Rafa's probably a lock in the semis.

    I feel obligated to mention Roddick, if only because his only Grand Slam title came from here. But like nearly everyone else, I'm not sure Roddick has the ability to make it to the top anymore. His big serve appears to be all that's left, and he has not looked inspiring at all.

    Murray nearly crashed out today against Robin Haase. I don't know if this is a sign of things to come, but the best players almost always find a way to come back and advance late into the tournament, especially in Grand Slams when you have to play 3 sets to win. He has played extremely well in Cincinnati, even if an injured opponent gave him the advantage in the final. He's still a favorite to get to the semis, but there is a Grand Slam winner standing in his way....

    I'm surprised few have mentioned Juan Martin del Potro. It's true he hasn't been having a stellar season since he returned from injury, but he's gone all the way at Flushing Meadows before, a couple years ago, against crowd favorite and all-time champion Roger Federer no less. He has the weapons and is now a crowd favorite here too. There appear to be some questions about his mental state, but he remains a formidable opponent.

    I don't think anyone would disagree that Djokovic is the favorite to win his third Slam this year and complete one of the greatest tennis seasons ever. His second round match against Berlocq is proof of his dominance. His shoulder does not look like it's bothering him, and I think it's likely Nole would've won in Cincinnati if he had been healthy and refreshed. Of course, he has to overcome Roger first, the only person to legitimately beat him this year. That will be a great semifinal, and if Nole goes to the final against Nadal and defeats him, it will cement his lock on the top spot for a while (not that he needs to prove that anymore).

    One person who might be a potential stumbling block for Djoker is Berdych. He's not having a stellar season, but he's looked solid in the opening rounds.

    I think without question, the best match so far was the one between Gael Monfils and Juan Carlos Ferrero:



    As for the women, as usual it is wide open. With Venus and Clijsters not in the tournament, and Li, Kvitova and Sharapova out, the sole standout is Serena. Perhaps Wozniacki can finally win a Grand Slam and earn her number 1 ranking.

    Meanwhile, here's a tender moment of the tournament:



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    Sep 03, 2011 6:01 AM GMT
    ummm...you mean those hot sweaty guys running around the courts are competing? I thought it was soft porn.
  • hartfan

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    Sep 03, 2011 3:09 PM GMT
    JoshTPDX saidummm...you mean those hot sweaty guys running around the courts are competing? I thought it was soft porn.


    For some of us tennis fans it's better than soft porn...
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    Sep 03, 2011 3:44 PM GMT
    i hope Djokovic loses
    I hope Serana wins
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    Sep 10, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    Novak/Federer semi early in the day, then Nadal/Murray.

    Serena/Wozniacki in primetime. It's going to be a great day of tennis.
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    Sep 11, 2011 12:27 PM GMT
    Go Serena! Bring it on home

    If only there could be no winners in the men's final icon_razz.gif
  • hartfan

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    Sep 14, 2011 5:49 PM GMT
    Nole is on top of the tennis world right now, and well deserved. And it was great to see Nadal fight as hard as he has ever fought, and yet be so gracious after that too. However, the Djoker is just on another world right now. This will surely go down as one of the best tennis seasons ever. 3 Grand Slams, 5 Masters titles, 64-2 record, and 20-2 against top 10 players this year, and one of those losses was a retirement due to injury to boot.

    As for the women, congrats to Stosur for finally overcoming the odds and netting her first Grand Slam. There was more ugly behavior from Serena we don't need, but I'd rather not focus on that and take away from the well-deserved spotlight on Stosur.