US Open: Djoker is missing, Nadal without practice
Is the way clear for Medvedev?
Novak Djokovic is missing, Rafael Nadal arrives without practice. Is the way clear for Daniil Medvedev’s title defense? And who can calculate chances with the women besides Iga Swiatek? These are the US Open favorites.
Daniil Medvedev (right) won the final of the US Open in 2021 against Novak Djokovic (left).
The last Grand Slam of the season starts in New York on Monday. Before the start, the field of contenders for the men’s title seems for once as open as for women. As with the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic is missing the biggest name.
Daniil Medvedev (26, ATP 1) sensationally celebrated his first Grand Slam title in New York a year ago. He will enter the tournament as the defending champion. After his injury break in the spring, the world number 1 in North America has picked up steam again, taking the title at the 250 tournament in Los Cabos. After getting knocked out in the first round in Montreal, he reached the semifinals of the Cincinnati Masters.
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Rafael Nadal (36, ATP 3) still has to be careful when serving after his abdominal muscle injury, but can otherwise go full throttle in the training sessions. The comeback in Cincinnati failed, but at the Australian Open he showed at the beginning of the year that he should never be written off.
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Behind the two there is a pool of players who can calculate chances for the title. Carlos Alcaraz (19, ATP 4) caused a stir in 2021 with his quarter-finals in Flushing Meadows. Borna Coric (25, ATP 29) was in good form in Cincinnati and Nick Kyrgios (27, ATP 26) and Jannik Sinner (21, ATP 13) can also be counted among the extended circle of favourites.
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While all of the women’s attention will be on Serena Williams, there is no clear favorite to win the tournament. Iga Swiatek (21, WTA 1) has lost her dominance from spring, her best result at the US Open is not outstanding with the round of 16 in 2021. You still have to take the Pole into account.
Simona Halep (30, WTA 7) has found the kick again. After reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon, she had won the Toronto Masters, putting her back in the top 10. In Cincinnati, however, she had to pass because of a leg injury. There Caroline Garcia (28, WTA 17) confirmed her form by winning the tournament. The French could cause a surprise in New York.