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Rafael Nadal has won his 2nd US Open title and his 13th major title. Now he is 3rd on the all-time major winner’s list with only Pete Sampras (14 titles) and Roger Federer (17 titles) ahead of him. With this he also has won his 10th title this year, and his second major of the year, after having won French Open in June. In terms of titles won this year can be regarded as probably his best year, especially since he was coming out of a 7 month injury period and had to miss the Australia Open as well. 

Also, now he inches closer to the no.1 ranking and is in the striking distance. He should definitely achieve the ranking this year unless he is not able to compete in the remaining tournaments this year due to injury or anything. Though he could have achieved the No.1 ranking had Djokovic not made it to the finals of the tournament. But that is something that is not in his hands. And whatever was possible for him to do, he did by defeating Djokovic in the finals.

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And like I had written in one of my previous posts, what next should be on the agenda for Nadal?  Equal Martina Navratilova’s record of 9 major titles at a single event or Sampras’s 14 major titles is something to watch out for. Though he can and should achieve both of them in the French Open next year, but in the form he is in I would hope he wins the Australian Open as well early next year and then go onto win the French Open and in the process achieve another record of becoming the only player in the open era and only the third player ever to win every major at least twice. (He now has 1 Australian Open, 8 French Open, 2 Wimbledon, and 2 US Open titles).

In the end I would like to congratulate Nadal for his achievement, and I hope he gives many more such instances for us to be happy of.

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Andy Murray won Wimbledon 2013, his second slam title (he won his first major at the US Open last year). With this he ended a 77 year title drought of the British Men’s tennis at the Wimbledon.

And with this title he increases the prominance of the big four of tennis. Over the past three-four years the top four (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray) have been very prominent winning most of the big tournaments (including grand slams, masters 1000, world tour finals; infact Murray was the only one of the top four not to win a slam till September last year, and Del Potro is the only player to win a slam apart from these top four since 2005 French open). They have generally taken the 4 semifinal spots of most of the slam tournaments. However, till last Murray was the only one of the top four to not win a slam title, which changed at the US Open last year. And now this Wimbledon title should offcially shut the mouths of all the people who were doubting whether it is the top four or just the top three.

It is just amazing how these top four have dominated this era of men’s tennis. They have won 33 of the last 34 slam majors between them, a streak since 2005 Frech Open. These 33 slam titles can broken down into Federer winning 13, Nadal 12, Djokovic 6, and Murray 2

Of the last 8 Australia Open titles Djokovic has won 4, Federer 3, and Nadal 1
Of the last 9 French Open titles Nadal has won 8 and Federer 1
Of the last 9 Wimbledon titles Federer has won 5, Nadal 2, and Djokovic and Murray have won 1 each
Of the last 8 US Open titles Federer has won 4, while Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray have won 1 each (with Juan Martin Del Potro being the only other slam winner who won in 2009)

Such has been the situation of the Men’s tennis of almost the last decade. They have won the 37 slam titles between them of which they have won 36 out of the last 40 slams (with Del Potro winning the 2009 US Open, Andy Roddick winning 2003 US Open, Marat Safin won 2005 Australian Open, and Gaston Gaudio won 2004 French Open being the other four slam winners; of which Roddick, Safin, and Gaudio all won the slam before the emergence of Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray as stars on the court).

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Nadal with US Open 2010 trophy

Finally Rafael Nadal has won the US Open championship by winning it here in 2010. He defeated Novak Djokovic in four sets 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. And what was even more convincing was that he was serving very well during the course of the match. Though his serve was broken three times in the match today, but he has lifted his game to a very high level since his serve was broken only five times during the course of the tournament. The second set was the first set that Nadal had dropped in this tournament and had he not dropped it he would have become the first player to win the US Open without dropping a set. Nevertheless the victory is more important and it came in not much difficulty (just four sets). This is his first win at US Open and his ninth Grand Slam win, and also his third Grand Slam win this year and that too third consecutive grand slam win. And the biggest of all he has completed his career Grand Slam, becoming the youngest to do so in the open era, and the third youngest all time to do so. Also he has also won the Golden Grand Slam that is that now he has all the Grand Slams and also the Gold Medal at the Olympic Games.

But one must say that Novak Djokovic played well in the match and it would have been really tough as he was coming after a great five setter win against Novak Djokovic. Well it does not happen many times that a player defeats Roger Federer in a Grand Slam. Well now for the third consecutive Grand Slam a player who defeated Federer in the tournament has not gone onto win the slam, and ironically it was Nadal who defeated that player in the finals (well this is the third time I am writing this as well, had written it in my previous posts of Nadal’s French and Wimbledon victories). So far for a record, Nadal has featured in as many as 11 Grand Slam finals and no one except Roger Federer has been able to defeat him. In fact Federer has defeated him twice but has lost to him five times in the finals. This was Djokovic’s third Grand Slam final, and he has lost twice, both the times here at US Open, once to Federer in 2007 and now to Nadal in 2010.

Nadal has been playing an unbelievable kind of tennis in this tournament winning all his matches till the finals convincingly in straight sets. In the finals also he won convincingly though he did drop a set but only at the score of 5-7. And now he has finally he proved why he is world number 1, and also that this time he is at the top to stay for a long time. With the win he completed his career Grand Slam and also has become the first player since Rod Laver (1969) to win Grand Slam on all the three types of court in the same year.

With this tournament also over it is confirmed that Federer again drops down to world number 3 (something that happened after Wimbledon as well), when the rankings change tomorrow. And with a very good run in the tournament Djokovic will be back at world number 2, from where he just dropped to number 3 before the start of the US Open.

As I had written earlier, now probably Nadal will end the year as world number 1, and with big wins under his belt, it will be a very tough next year where he will have to defend three titles. But yes it will not be very easy to replace him from the top that soon.

In the end I would like to congratulate Nadal for his win, and I hope that he wins the Australian Open next year and make it four Grand Slam wins in a row. And with the kind of tennis he is playing it does not really look that difficult. Also I am putting some of the images from his memorable win at the US Open here.

US Open runners up (Novak Djokovic) and winner (Rafael Nadal)


It is going to be Rafael Nadal versus Novak Djokovic in the US Open men’s final today. Yesterday (or rather today early morning) Djokovic managed to defeat Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the tournament. Though the victory came in 5 sets where he saved two match points in the final set, and then later went onto win the match. Djokovic has defeated Federer for the first time in the US Open. In fact for the last three years he has been going down to Federer itself. It was in the finals in 2007 and then in the semi-finals the last two years. So this victory definitely must be special for Djokovic and will now be looking forward to win his first US Open title.

On the other hand Nadal even though being no.1 was not the top contender for the title until the quarter finals stage even though he was coming on a high with a French Open and Wimbledon victories. His run in the tournament has been exceptional so far, something that was not expected from him. He has suddenly improved the level of his game to a great extent that I guess now everyone will start putting his name as the top contender in all grand slam events and not just French Open and Wimbledon. He so far has not dropped a single set in the tournament, in fact his serve was broken for the first time in the tournament in the quarter finals stage by Fernando Verdasco, and for only the second time in semi-finals by Mikhail Youzhny. This is something great because I always considered the service as the only weak point he has in his game. And now that he has lifted the level I don’t think they will be many who would doubt him winning his first US Open title, though I would not really like to write of Novak Djokovic, especially since he is world number 3 (will become no.2 tomorrow no matter what the outcome of final is). Also one thing I did not like was that before the semi-finals started hardly anyone gave Djokovic a chance to make it to the finals, even though he is world number 3. And yes now I am really happy that he has proved everyone wrong.

For Djokovic the road till the finals has been like a roller coaster. He managed to save few match points in the first round and won the match in a 5 setter, and then from there on won all his matches in straight sets, and again in the semi finals against Federer he saved two match points to win in a 5 setter. Now with this victory against Federer he has managed to push him down the rankings as well moving to the second rank.

For the stats Nadal is playing his first ever US Open final, his third final this year and now is the sixth man in the Open Era and second youngest to reach the finals of all the Grand Slams. A victory could see him win his 9th Grand Slam, he would complete his career grand slam, in fact a career golden slam, and also become the first player since Rod Laver to win the French, Wimbledon and the US Open title in the same year.

Few things that can go against Nadal is that this is his first US Open final and its Djokovic’s second. Djokovic is coming into the finals defeating Federer while Nadal has defeated only Verdasco as a top 10 player. Also though no one except Del Potro has defeated both Nadal and Federer in the same slam, but Potro did that the last year in US Open itself, which can look as an opportunity for Djokovic to repeat that. And the big thing will be the extra pressure on Nadal as he is playing his first US Open final and has a big opportunity to complete his grand slam.

Meanwhile in the tournament, in the women’s section Kim Clijsters won the finals defending her title successfully. She has played very good tennis so far and deserved to win, but again surprisingly even after winning she has dropped to number 5 in the WTA rankings. In fact Vera Zvonareva the losing finalist has jumped 4 places to world number 4, and the losing semi-finalist to Clijsters, Venus Williams has replaced her at world number 3. But I am happy that Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova played really well, especially Ana and that now she should be able to break into the top 40 if not the top 30 rankings.

In the end I wish best of luck to Rafael Nadal for the final match. I hope he wins today.


Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic is finally out of the US Open. Though this is her best ever performance in this grand slam, having made it to the 4th round of the slam. She had reached the same stage here 3 years back. Ana has been struggling with her form throughout the year, which even saw her drop out of the top 50 rankings. But with all this I must say that she did play her probably the best tennis she has played this year, and definitely could have gone further had she had not to face number 2 seed and defending champion Kim Clijsters.

Ana had played some great tennis before this match, where she showed the glimpses of her top form. She defeated Markova in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. Then she thrashed the 21 seeded Zheng 6-3, 6-0. And then went onto defeat Razzano 7-5, 6-0. This did prove she was in good form. But it feel short as she had to face Clijsters in the fourth round, which definitely was going to be a tough ask. And after some good tennis she lost 6-2, 6-1 to Clijsters. Again in this match she showed inconsistencies, something she has been doing throughout the year. Or i can say that Clijsters did not give Ana any chance in this match.

It was definitely a tough situation for her. And now a similar situation is in front of another of my favourite players Maria Sharapova, who will face the top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round. So far both these players have played some exceptional tennis, with Wozniacki having lost only 3 games in the six sets so far played in the tournament. On the other hand Sharapova did not start well but in the third round she thrashed Capra 6-0, 6-0. And almost all the bookies are calling this clash as the match to be seen. In fact it is being said that the winner of this match should reach the finals of the slam, and also who knows might turn out to be the eventual winner. So far Clijsters has also played really well and is being rated high to make it to the finals and in fact even defend her title successfully.

Coming back to Ivanovic, all I can say is well played, but hard luck. But this is only coming out after the kind of disappointment she has given in the year so far. And now with the next grand slam being 3 months away, I hope she will come back stronger there. Also with this performance she would climbed the rankings though not many ranks but yes definitely a few. Also I hope that Sharapova wins the next match, and eventually goes on to win the Slam.