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Posted on August 06 2018

There’s one thing that simply can’t be stopped, and that is the passing of time, and boy does it seem to pass fast. Just a couple of weeks ago, we were watching Djokovic lifting the Wimbledon trophy, and now we are speeding through August with the US Open on the horizon. Flushing Meadows plays host to the last Grand Slam of the year, with the previous three being split between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic, but who will triumph in New York?


The same old question keeps popping up in men’s tennis at the moment, and that is can the younger generation break the grip of the older generation on Grand Slam victories? So far, the answer has been a resounding no, and one would expect little to change on this matter. The last man to win a Grand Slam other than R.F, R.N or N.D was Stan Wawrinka at the 2016 US Open. Only 7 men have won a Grand Slam since Marat Safin won the 2005 Australian Open, the Grand Slam winners club is not really one that gratefully accepts new members. While those that dominate the game hardly look like slowing down in their old age, the young guns have failed to bring their best when it comes to Grand Slam time.


So the obvious place to start looking for a winner is the big three, which would be a big four but for Andy Murray’s injury problems. Novak Djokovic was back to his blistering best at Wimbledon, and when he is in that kind of from enters any tournament as a favourite. Likewise, Nadal has been excellent of late, and finally managed to put some good tennis together at Wimbledon this year, where he was unlucky to lose to Djokovic. Federer on the other hand will be disappointed to have lost out to Anderson in the quarterfinals, where he didn’t seem to be quite as sharp as he had been at the beginning of the year. Given the exceptional tennis Nadal and Djokovic produced at Wimbledon, they have to be the two favourites for the US Open, but as always, never count Federer out.


The US Open is a tournament that can throw up some slightly different winners, as shown by Cilic’s victory in 2016 and Wawrinka's victory in 2015. The pack of players just behind the top 3 will be hoping that history can repeat itself, as they look to add to their Grand Slam tallies. Players like Juan Martin Del Potro, Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic are always dangerous players and have the potential to go deep into the tournament, and as they showed at Wimbledon, Ken Anderson and Isner are not too far away from a Grand Slam victory.


However it pans out, we are set for a great US Open with a very open tournament. New York brings its own unique style to tennis and everyone is looking forward to the show.


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