The last grand slam of the year is upon us, as the spotlight now turns to the Big Apple. Here we take a look at the top contenders from the men’s side to lift the trophy this year at the US Open 2015.
No conversation for favorites for a tournament starts without the mention of the reigning world no.1. The Serbian is easily the best player of this decade, and in spite of losing successive masters finals these past two weeks, and a 1-4 record in US open finals, one can be assured he will be going deep in the US open.
The elder statesman, possibly the greatest to grace the game, and still going strong at 34. Federer just won a record 7th Cincinnati title, defending his title and beating none other the world no.1 Djokovic. His gamble of taking an additional week of rest for training for the US Open seems to have paid off, and he seems to be as regal and dominant as ever. It won’t come as a surprise if Federer breaks his grand slam drought at the Open this year.
Andy Murray was faced with the unique disposition of being the world no.2 for the span of one week, and again being dethroned by the previous occupant. Still, Murray has had an excellent year and seems to have fully recovered from the back problems which plagued most of his 2014 season. While the loss to Federer would have been debilitating, Murray can take solace from the fact that he snapped his losing streak against Djokovic, and would be keen to win his third grand slam title at the Open.
In spite of early exits in Montreal and Cincinnati, the French Open champion has been a consistent threat at the Grand Slam stage, and one of the key players tipped to cause an upset. Wawrinka has had some epic battles at the Open before, particularly with Djokovic, and would be raring to win a third different slam to add to his impressive resume.
Rafael Nadal possibly doesn’t feature among the favorites going into the US open, but it is tough to discount a 14-time slam winner, with two of them coming in New York. Injuries aside, Nadal has been a finalist/winner every year since 2010 in Flushing Meadows. Though he is in a slump, he lost tight matches in Montreal and Cincinnati, and most of all his confidence and belief in himself is still intact. While he may not be a title contender, he’s certainly a dark horse.
Nishikori can be considered a joint dark horse along with Nadal. He was a finalist last year, and on his day, can blow apart his opponents, but the big question is which Nishikori turns up on a given day. He withdrew from Cincinnati with a hip injury, but one expects him to be a strong contender at the Open.