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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.

Ana Ivanovic’s great run and return to form at the 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, Cincinnati came to an disappointing end when she limped off the court after playing just 3 games in the semifinal match against Kim Clijsters. It was a little bizarre end as she did not fall, neither twisted her ankle nor did she hurt herself. She just pulled out after a her forehand, dropped her racquet and called for the trainer. Then after some treatment she came back on the court played a shot and retired from the match.

So far in the tournament she had played some really great tennis. She showed some good character on the court and gave the glimpses of the form of 2008 when she had reached the top spot in the WTA rankings. In the first match she defeated Azarenka (a top ten player) in three sets, then defeated Shvedova in straight sets in the second round. In the third round she smashed Vesnina 6-0, 6-3 and then in the quarterfinals defeated Amanmuradova in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 before retiring in the semifinals against Clijsters.

I was not expecting her to do so well, especially after her performance in the last few months, and to add to that her first match was against Azarenka, a player ranked in the top ten. But to the surprise Ana played some very good tennis in the tournament to reach to the semifinal stage. Certainly it looks as if she has returned to her top form, but with an injury and the US Open just round the corner, I am not really sure if she could display her top form in the last grand slam of the year.

Though the semifinal match ended in a disappointment for all the Ana Ivanovic fans, especially for me since I would have loved to see Ana and Maria Sharapova (two of my favourite players) compete  in the finals of the touranment. Now it will be Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova who will compete for the trophy.

Earlier in the year Ana had dropped out of the top 50 rankings, she was placed at 63 before the start of the tournament. Her performance here has been very good and will definitely see her rise, I hope she comes back into the top 50, and I also hope that by the end of the year she makes her way back at the top (top 10).

I hope that her injury is not very serious and she recovers completely before the US Open starting at the end of the month. Especially since it looks she has regained her form, so the injury should not force her out of the tournamnet.

Ana Ivanovic has dropped out of the top 50 in the WTA rankings. She has now dropped to 64, which is 19 places from where she was at the start of Wimbledon.

Meanwhile Serena Williams strengthened her position at the top after her win at the Wimbledon. Jelena Jankovic gained a position to be ranked number 2 now and Caroline Wozniacki also gained one place to be at number 3 now. Venus Williams dropped two places and is at world number 4. Samantha Stosur gained one place and is at 5 while Elena Dementieva dropped one place to be at 6. Similarly Kim Clijters and Francesca Schiavone exchanged their ranks and are at 7 and 8 respectively. Vera Zvonareva finishing runners-up at Wimbledon was one of the biggest gainer, gaining 12 positions and is now at number 9. Li Na also gained 2 places and is ranked 10th now. Both Agnieszka Radwanska and Flavia Pennetta dropped out of the top ten rankings.

Other big gainers in the tournamnet were Petra Kvitova who gained 33 places and is now ranked 29 and other being Tsvetana Pironkova who gained 47 places and is ranked 35th. On the losing side were Dinara Safina who dropped 11 places and now is ranked 33rd and Svetlana Kuznetsova is now ranked 20th. Sania Mirza the highest ranked Indian is ranked at 133. 

 I hope that Ivanovic will play better tennis and get her way back to the top once again.

Ana Ivanovic crashed out of the Wimbledon yesterday, suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Shahar Peer. I am very disappointed with her performance since I was expecting a little more from her. A first round exit is something one does expect from a grand slam winner. One can say that she got a very tough draw, as she had to face the world no. 13 in her very first round. But then she had to win to redeem her lost pride. She lost this game 6-3 6-4. She was not at all that confident on court, one can say nowhere near even half the form she was two years back.

After her second round exit in the French Open earlier this month I was not expecting much from her anyways, and then on top of that she was given a hard draw. So I will not really say that I am heartbroken this time again. But I now feel that I think I was expecting at too much from her this time, she is really not on the top of her game.

Ivanovic has slipped down the rankings to 45th rank in WTA rankings before the start of the tournament. When she won in Paris, two years back she had climbed to the world number one spot. With the first round exit one can expect her to fall down even further in rankings, maybe even out of the top 50.

Well with Wimbledon gone, I can only hope that she comes back very strong later this year on the hard court in US Open. She did reach the finals of the Australian Open (hard court) in 2008, so one can expect some showing from her, something that could redeem her awful show so far this year.

Ana Ivanovic crashed out of the French Open on Thursday, suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Alisa Kleybanova. I am very disappointed woith her performance since she had played her last tournament well, and also in the first match she won comfortably. What is even more disappointing is that the champion of this very grand slam 2008 could not make it to the third round also. She lost this game 6-3 6-0, as the second set was almost one sided. She was at least competitive in the first set and in some points showed flashes of her true ability.

She in fact had a good first game winning convincingly, and I was expecting that she will make it to the fourth round at least as she did last year. But her second round exit has really broken my heart. But I now feel that I thisnk I was expecting at too much from her this time, she is really not on the top of her game.

Ivanovic has slipped down the rankings to 42nd in the world over the past 18 months after an awful run of form. When she won in Paris, two years back she had climbed to the world number one spot. With the second roundd exit one can expect her to fall down even further in rankings.

Well with French Open gone, I can only hope that she comes back very strong later this month on the grass court in Wimbledon. Here I have put in some of her pics from the French Open 2010.