A six-time champion in New York, Williams is aware of what it takes to win on house soil. Having taken New York by storm 20 years in the past, when she beat Martina Hingis of Switzerland to win what could be the primary of an Open-era file haul of 23 grand slam singles titles, Williams is chasing historical past as soon as extra. Victory in New York would tie the previous top-ranked American with Australia’s Margaret Courtroom, the all-time Grand Slam singles file holder with 24 majors.
Will Federer bounce again?
A day after dropping an epic Wimbledon remaining to Djokovic, Federer went caravanning along with his household. Having held two match factors on serve within the remaining set, the Swiss mentioned he was “half-broken” from the four-hour, 57-minute match, however he nonetheless went on the caravan break after his 4 kids begged him to go. “I slept in a caravan the day after my Wimbledon remaining,” Federer advised the Tennis Channel earlier this month in Cincinnati. “It was a tricky first few steps down the ladder from the mattress. And it was a nasty evening’s sleep. However the children needed to do it so, so badly, so we went.”
Though he received 5 straight US Open championships between 2004 and 2008, he has not received it since. A runner-up to Djokovic in 2015, he hasn’t gone past the quarterfinals since then. Having turned 38 earlier this month, Federer will even be desperate to do higher than final yr, when he misplaced to Australia’s John Millman within the fourth spherical in sweltering situations.
Federer, who begins towards a qualifier, might face 15th seed David Goffin in spherical 4, adopted by former finalist Kei Nishikori of Japan within the quarterfinals. One other showdown with Djokovic looms within the semifinals, after each males have been drawn within the high half in New York on Thursday.
Can Djokovic get to slam No. 17?
Because the winner of 4 of the final 5 majors, who’s going to cease defending champion Djokovic in New York? The 32-year-old is the sturdy favourite to win his fourth title at Flushing Meadows, adopted by Spain’s Nadal at Four-1 and Federer at 13-2. Having conquered Federer and a partisan crowd at Wimbledon, Djokovic is again on his most profitable floor. One other main win would transfer him to 17 grand slam singles titles, only one shy of Nadal, and three behind Federer.
Djokovic begins his US Open quest towards Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain, adopted by a doable conflict with both 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland or former finalist Kevin Anderson of South Africa within the fourth spherical.
Maybe the one participant capable of cease the top-seeded Djokovic is the in-form Nadal, who received the title in Montreal earlier this month. The second-ranked Spaniard is match once more after an injury-marred 2018, when his season ended with a retirement towards Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina within the US Open semifinals. He performs his first match towards Millman, whereas former winner Marin Cilic of Croatia is a doable fourth-round opponent.
Will the “Subsequent Gen” strike ultimately?
It is a query that’s requested each time a serious comes alongside: is that this the time the subsequent era will break the stranglehold of the “Huge Three” within the males’s recreation? Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have received a mixed 54 grand slam singles titles, together with the final 11.
Essentially the most profitable participant of the so-called “Subsequent Gen” within the majors is the 21-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who reached his first main semi-final at this yr’s Australian Open. Additionally look out for 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev, who reached three straight hardcourt finals this month, profitable the title in Cincinnati. The fifth-ranked Russian enters the Open with a Tour-leading 44 wins this season and will meet Djokovic within the quarterfinals. He has crushed the Serb twice this yr.
Might we see one other shock ladies’s champion?
Though Osaka has struggled within the majors since Australia, she is again on her favourite floor. The ladies’s high seed begins towards Anna Blinkova of Russia, and will face Gauff in spherical three. Halep opens towards a qualifier, whereas Andreescu is a doable fourth-round opponent.