US Open Preview and Predictions

by Steven Clarke August 28, 2017, 0:53

But the third seed has been practising freely in NY and said: "I'm really happy how I'm feeling".

The British Andy Murray, N. 2 in the world, in search of redemption, can slowly climb in power until the quarterfinals, where it could wait for the French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, before raising potentially the challenge of the phenomenon Alexander Zverev. The pair of tennis luminaries have been drawn into the same half of this year's draw, and Federer seems enthused about the possibility of meeting Nadal for what would be a first bright lights big city showdown between the pair and a battle for the No.1 ranking.

His hopes of winning a sixth US Open, and first since 2008, suffered a blow with the third of those defeats against Zverev in Montreal two weeks ago.

In the women's draw, Czech top seed Karolina Pliskova starts against Poland's Magda Linette and could face Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals and Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals.

Like most players, Halep has exhausted of offering an opinion on Sharapova, although she is among the many who are not in the Russian's fan club. You feel the pressure from yourself, as well, because you know you are just really close to be there. I did my practice normal.

"I have been playing sets the last few days, and I'm really happy how I'm feeling".

The two great rivals who have never fought in NY, can not meet before the semi-finals.

"I think it all depends on how the match goes. So I will work for it, and maybe one day it will be there". "I don't think we are both thinking that far ahead".

"For me, I think about Lajovic". She received a wild card into the U.S Open and will face Halep in Monday's night session.

Asked if the schedule needed to be trimmed to ease the workload, 19-time Grand Slam champion Federer took that idea to extremes.

The good news is Sharapova holds a 6-0 record against Halep, and the Romanian has been known to fizzle in big matches.

"Of course I was a little bit like, how is this possible again?"

Britain's Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion whose first major title came in 2012 on the NY hardcourts, was uncertain about his status for the remainder of the season. Sharapova returned from her 15-month ban after testing positive for meldonium in April, and since then, she has only played in four events due to having to qualify to make tournaments and injury.

"Every tournament is nearly a different victor", Pliskova said. "It's not my position to talk about this". "So many great memories of the tournament, being a champion, coming back to it".

"I don't think there needs to be that much addressing, because the players they have the option not to play as much".

"But I'm just going to go match by match and hopefully I can get to those guys". They have faced each other three times on hard courts, with Sharapova most recently prevailing 6-4, 6-4 at the 2015 WTA Finals in Singapore. So maybe I will change this. "A lot of us are interested to see how she does, there's no question".

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