Stan Wawrinka: there’s a new champ in New York. The Swiss struggled to get past the first rounds, losing a few sets here and there and saving a match point in the third round. But he stepped up in the semifinals against Nishikori and outplayed Djokovic in the final. 3 Grand Slam finals, 3 titles.
Karolina Pliskova: before this tournament, she had not passed the third round in her 17 previous Grand Slams appearances. She took down Venus Williams and top-seeded Serena Williams to reach her first Grand Slam final.
— Karolina Pliskova (@KaPliskova) September 11, 2016
Caroline Wozniacki: she’s two years younger than Kerber but it seems she’s been on the circuit for ever. She beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Madison Keys en route to the semifinals.
“I came into this tournament ranked No. 74 in the world and probably people ruled me out, but it’s nice to prove people wrong once again.”
Lucas Pouille: he reached the quarterfinals after 5-sets marathon wins over Chiudinelli, Bautista Agut and Rafael Nadal. He seems to be the only French player to have both the game and the attitude. A player to watch out next year.
Laura Siegemund and Mate Pavic: they had never met before this tournament. They teamed up to win the mixed doubles title defeating CoCo Vandeweghe and Rajeev Ram in the final.
“It’s really kind of a blind date.”
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares: they joined forces at the beginning of the season and won 2 Slam titles (the Australian and US Opens) since then.
Garbine Muguruza: the French Open champion was knocked out of the tournament by Anastasija Sevastova in the second round.
“Today was just very difficult. Everything I was trying to do she was coming back and doing incredible shots.”
Aga Radwanska: overpowered by 18-year old Ana Konjuh in the quarterfinals. The question is no more “when will she win her maiden Slam” but rather “will she ever win a Slam”.
Andy Murray: beaten by Nishikori in a bizarre match, he seemed mentally tired. He’ll now focus on the Davis Cup semifinals against Argentina.
“I tried my best. I fought as hard as I could with what I had. I didn’t let anyone down — certainly not myself. I pushed myself as hard as I could over the last few months, and I’m very proud of how I have done.”
Milos Raonic: a shock defeat to qualifier Ryan Harrison in the second round. His explanation: cramps due to nervousness, (nervous to play Ryan Harrison?).
Marin Cilic: the 2014 champion looked like a title contender again but surprisingly fell to Jack Sock in the third round.
Gaël Monfils: what on earth was he doing against Novak Djokovic? Not sure he knows it himself. What a waste of talent.
Bernard Tomic: nothing to add.
She started the year ranked number 10 with a large defeat to Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Brisbane tournament. A couple weeks later she stunned Azarenka and Serena to win the Australian Open.
Fast forward 8 months Angelique Kerber is now the new number one and took home a second Slam trophy.
Is it the beginning of a new era for women’s tennis?
Photo credit: Satoshi Tsuboi
Many people (including me) had made Andy Murray their favorite to win this year’s US Open. And it all started well in his quarterfinal against Kei Nishikori as he won the first set 6-1. But Nishikori rallied from one set down, and then 2 sets to one down to win in 5 sets: 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5. What a roller coaster of a match!
Relive the match through Brian’s tweets:
— Brian Peel (@Brian_Peel) September 7, 2016
— Brian Peel (@Brian_Peel) September 7, 2016
Andy Murray has only lost one set en route to the US Open quarterfinals. He faces Kei Nishikori today for a place in the semifinals where he could meet the winner of the Del Potro – Wawrinka match. Do you think he will win the title this year?
Check out Andy’s 2016 US Open looks:
Photo credit: Under Armour
Enjoy a few pictures from Andy Murray‘s practice session ahead of his third round match against Paolo Lorenzi.
For the first time since 1968, three British male players (Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans) have reached the third round of the US Open:
Said Evans: “It could easily have been different. Kyle played Gasquet. I played Ram. We both could lose those matches and could have been sat here with only Andy again. “It just happens in certain tournaments, doesn’t it, where you get through. And this week, there’s a feel-good factor. But me and Kedders have got tough matches now. We’ll see what we can do.”
Another good news for British tennis: Johanna Konta stormed past Belinda Bencic 6-2 6-1 to each the fourth round.
Photo credit: Marianne Bevis
Follow our 2016 US Open coverage
– Andy Murray defeats Lukas Rosol in the first round
– 2016 US Open 1st round: Kyle Edmund defeats Richard Gasquet
– Dan Evans upsets Alexander Zverev in the second round of the 2016 US Open
Four years ago, Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer to capture the gold in London, then went on to win his maiden Grand Slam title a few weeks later. Will history repeat itself this summer? In any case he started well his quest to US Open title number 2 with a clean win over tricky Lukas Rosol: