The US Open holds as much importance as any major tournament on the tennis calendar. Everyone loves the US Open because it provides us with a lot of entertaining moments that go down in history.
Every tennis player can only dream of winning it and this year that dream is becoming a reality for some with there being shock exits thus far.
Nadal Roars In Front Of Tiger
On Monday in front of a packed crowd that had the likes of Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal continued his journey to winning a fourth US Open. But in order to do so, he had to battle past Marin Cilic who is the 2014 Champion. Nadal put on an amazing display that had Woods showing all kinds of reactions. The 18 time Grand Slam champion advanced to the Quarterfinals making this his 40th appearance in one and he did so by beating Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. This will also be Nadal’s ninth quarter-final at Flushing Mellows.
There are days where Nadal is simply unstoppable on the court and overpowers his opponents in every facet of the game. This was definitely one of those games. Nadal finished the game in fine fashion. At 30/30 in the last set, Nadal dashed toward a ball well outside the doubles alley and smashed the ball around the net post for a winner; which had the crowd cheering as if he had won the tournament already.
Osaka Exits Early
Monday marked the end of the road for US Open reigning champion Naomi Osaka as she was stunned by a brilliant Belinda Bencic. Osaka lost the match 7-5, 6-4 to Bencic who has earned the name of giant slayer. This is because she’s had the tendency to take out some of the biggest names. Bencic will move on to the quarterfinals where she will face Donna Vekic. No other woman has beaten more top five or top ten players this season than the 13th seed.
Barty Becomes World Number One
To make matters even worse for Osaka she suffered her third straight defeat to Bencic and she will lose her place as world number one to Ashleigh Barty. Some might use the excuse that Osaka has been suffering from an injury which she didn’t deny but she didn’t use it as an excuse. She had played three matches prior to the game, therefore, she felt that she could not excuse herself and instead of that Bencic was in fact just better on the day.
Djokovic Deserves Better
Novak Djokovic and world number one had his hopes of a fourth title at flushing mellows dashed. As he retired hurt in his last 16 clash with Stan Wawrinka. The Serbian was trailing by two sets to love before he retired. However, it was absolutely shameful to see was that he was booed when leaving the court. Before the match, he had stated that he is suffering from an injury. But many did not seem to believe him because in the third round he played injury-free against Denis Kudla.
More To Come From The Serbian
Some would say the crowd was just disappointed because a matchup between Djokovic and Wawrinka is always a fantastic showing. Despite all the controversy and Djokovic hinting that the end of his career is nearing; he did still insist that he will continue to go for Roger Federer’s grand slam record.