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What to Expect at the US Open Tennis 2016
Brief Overview of US Open Tennis 2015
2015 witnessed the 135th edition of the US Open. Taking place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Queens, New York City, this was the fourth and final Grand Slam event of 2015. At this tournament, Marin Čilić from Croatia was the defending champion of the men's singles event and Serena Williams was the three-time defending women's singles champion. Serena was also looking to complete the calendar Grand Slam by winning the US Open 2015. But Cilic was eliminated in the semifinals by the Serbian, Novak Djokovic, who eventually went on to become the US Open 2015 men's singles champion. Djokovic faced 5 times US Open men's singles champion, Roger Federer, in the finals to win his 10th Grand Slam title.
According to a report in the Guardian, Djokovic’s victory over Federer makes it 21 victories apiece in their rivalry, spanning over eight years. Serena Williams also crashed out in the semifinals against Roberta Vinci, who again lost to Flavia Pennetta in the finals of the women's singles. With the victory, Pennetta became the oldest first-time winner of a major Grand Slam title. It was also the first all Italian Grand Slam final.
US Open Tennis 2016: An Overview
In 2016, the US Open is set to be played from August 29 to September 11. According to a report in Sporting Life, Roger Federer will not be a part of the championship this year because of an injury. This would be one of the biggest upsets for tennis fans everywhere. Rafael Nadal's successful comeback from an injury, however, could be good news for fans. The Spaniard would be hoping to clinch the title this year, which he last claimed in 2013. The world #1, Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, will be eager to overcome his Rio Olympic disappointment and show the world why he still is the best.
The wild card entry in this year's competition is Juan Martin del Potro. His entry is on the basis of him claiming a silver medal in the men's singles competition at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. After winning the gold in the same tournament, Britain's Andy Murray is also among the favorites to claim the title. On the women's side, Serena Williams will definitely be wanting to add this trophy to her list, taking her tally past Steffi Graf’s, with 23 Grand Slam titles. With Maria Sharapova being out of the picture, her main rivals would be Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska and Johanna Konta.
Key Clashes Everyone is Hoping For
Rivalries are important for the success of any game. It gives the fans a chance to see an amazing competition and also builds anticipation for a tournament as big as the US Open Tennis 2016, say experts at New York Health & Racquet Club. “I think the real thing is rivalries are good,” said Rafael Nadal, who is currently #5 in the rankings. His rivalry with Roger Federer is something that still brings in the crowds to any major event but unfortunately we won't be able to see that this time around. But there still are many rivalries that fans around the world are anxious to witness. These include the Nadal-Djokovic rivalry that has been going on since 2006. With Nadal clinching 4 of the 6 Grand Slam finals against Djokovic, the latter would definitely be hoping to improve his ranking if he faces off against the Spaniard in the finals.
After an intense final at the 2016 Rio Olympics, it would definitely be interesting to see Andy Murray come face to face with Juan Martin del Potro again. Another high intensity clash that fans around the world would be hoping to see is Serena Williams and Venus Williams. Flavia Pennetta can prove to be the dark horse and her clash between the Williams sisters will also be worth watching.