US Open Tennis 2017 Schedule
- Author: Jon Douglas Aug 30, 2017,
Aug 30, 2017, 1:25
Murray's exit from the U.S. Open further depletes an event that already was missing three of last year's four men's semifinalists, including 2016 champion Wawrinka, runner-up Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori. "And the only bummer is that they could meet in the semis, not the finals".
"This year I haven't played bad at grand slams, I just had very tough draws", said Zverev, who also lost in five sets to Fernando Verdasco at the French Open. This also marked Federer's first Grand Slam victory over Nadal outside the grass courts of Wimbledon.
The other semifinal could be No. 2 Andy Murray vs.
Halep declined to wade into the debate about the merits of the U.S. Tennis Association's decision to let Sharapova into the tournament.
Sharapova and second seed Halep, one of the title favourites, have played six times before, including in the French Open final in 2014, with the Russian winning every one.
"I'll need to make the correct decision and really think it through these next couple of days with my team".
The 36-year-old has been beaten just thrice in 38 matches he has played this season and has won five titles, including a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon championship. The semifinal in this side of the draw, if it happens, would be a beauty: Halep versus Garbiñe Muguruza, who won Wimbledon this year and is playing the best tennis of her career.
Also missing in action are defending champion Stan Wawrinka, who beat Djokovic in four sets a year ago, 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori, and the top-ranked Canadian man on the ATP Tour in Milos Raonic following a procedure on his left wrist. Halep, Pliskova, Muguruza, Svitolina, Wozniacki, Johanna Konta, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Venus Williams all could reach the top spot if the appropriate scenario plays out in NY.
The last Grand Slam of the year begins tomorrow.
Eight women have a chance to ascend to the No. 1 ranking based on their results at this U.S. Open.
Though he was undoubtedly outplayed in the final in Montreal, Federer sustained a slight back injury in the second set against Zverev, and after a couple of days of deliberation chose to withdraw from the tournament.
Nadal and Federer are on a semi-final collision course and along with the absence of the big names, that clears a path for lesser talents or young guns like fourth seed Alexander Zverev.