US Open 2013 Weekend Quick Hits

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  1. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have met at every slam except for the US Open.  That seems apt to change as both men are in good to frightening form.
  2. Sloane Stephens has a lot going for her in terms of mobility, power etc.  I like her chances to make big strides over then next 18 months.
  3. John Isner has gotten better across the board since joining the tour, but his return game, backhand and volleys are still holding him back. photo (1)
  4. Lleyton Hewitt has a good shot at the quarterfinal round in 2013 after he first made noise at the 2000 US Open.  Good On Ya
  5. JMDP needs to stay healthy, but I am not sure I agree with the calls for him to be more demonstrative on court.  Edberg lost in the first round of the 1990 US Open and took heat.  The same guy won the 1991 and 1992 US Opens.  Players have to play according to their personality and not be phony.  Not every player is Lleyton Hewitt.  John Isner said he gassed himself trying to pump up the crowd.
  6. With Rafa’s recent form and Federer seeming to rebound, the top half of the draw has been a bit ignored, but there is a decent chance that the champion comes from the top of the draw.
  7. David Ferrer’s quarter is wide open as all 4 men could easily get to the semifinal round.
  8. The music used during changeovers has been interesting as it has ranged from Josh Groban to Prince (someone is vigilant about keeping Prince’s stuff off of youtube) to Bruce Springsteen (not sure a song about the raw deal Vietnam vets got is a great way to fire up the Bryan Bros. but …).
  9. The Bryan Brothers were 8 points from elimination but stormed back.  The USTA needs them to win this thing as US men have struggled to say the least.
  10. 5-time US Open champions Federer, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors have won nearly 35% of all the US Opens held (15 of 43).   Whereas Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin, Boris Becker, Guillermo Vilas and Manuel Orantes have won 10 of the 43 US Opens held.

Bonus Fact: The US Open switched to hard courts in 1978, and the Australian Open switched to hard courts in 1988.  The five men with the most hard court slam titles are as follows:

1.  Roger Federer – 9

2.  Pete Sampras – 7

3.  Andre Agassi – 6

4.   Novak Djokovic (tie) – 5

4. Ivan Lendl (tie) – 5.

John McEnroe is 6th with 4

Boris Becker is 7th with 3

Nadal, Safin, Edberg, Rafter, Wilander and Courier all have 2 hard court slam titles

5 Comments Add yours

  1. jane says:

    i really hope the rafa/fed match – assuming it comes to pass – is a good one, maybe even a 5 setter. their matches have been mostly one-sided in recent years, though AO 12 was a good semi. cincy had some great moments but felt like a foregone conclusion in the final set.

    thanks for the list. didnt know nole was tied with lendl for h.c. slams.

    1. Dan Martin says:

      Lendl winning 3 US and 2 Aussie vs. Nole having 4 Aussie and 1 US is interesting. I think Nole needs to take advantage of hard court slams as he is almost a perfect hard court player (overhead may need some work but otherwise)

  2. jane says:

    agree dan, and feel that nole should get at least another us open at some point; he’s always had good success there. but it’s disappointing he has only 1 title from 4 finals. it’s kind of like andy at the AO where he has 0 titles from 3 finals i think. likely they’ll both get 1 (more) at each of these slams. we’ll see!

    1. Dan Martin says:

      Had Nole won his 2 GS final losses to Murray he’d have 8 Slams and be this close to moving beyond Connors & Lendl on the history meter. If Murray had those two Aussie Open titles he lost to Nole, he’d be a lot higher up on the historical scale. That makes them a great rivalry.

      1. jane says:

        you’re right dan. they are playing for history too!

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