US Open Update: Two Williams and a Sock
[lead align=”default”]The biggest tennis tournament in America, the US Open, rages on in New York City.[/lead]
Some big names are already out of the running, but when one star fades, a new one rises. Particularly, American singles contender Jack Sock made a name for himself the other day with a straight-sets upset over Marin Cilic, while another well-regarded American, John Isner, fell to Britain’s Kyle Edmund.
Milos Raonic, Bernie Tomic, Sam Stosur, and Garbine Muguruza are also out of their singles draws, just to name a few. Unseeded players still going include former world #8 Marcos Baghdatis, the UK’s Daniel Evans, Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, and Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.
How will the rest of the tournament shake out for the remaining competitors?
First, a look at the men’s draw.
2016 US Open: Men’s Draw
Most of the big names still play on in Flushing Meadows. Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal, and Stan Wawrinka are amongst those who made the fourth round of the singles tournament. Not having Roger Federer participating changed the chemistry, but the rest of the cream still rose to the top.
Jack Sock will have his hands full with Jo-Willie Tsonga, who has won their only prior meeting, but even if he does get through to the quarterfinals, he would almost certainly have a date with Djokovic. Other potential quarterfinals matchups include Nadal and Gael Monfils (Rafa is 12-2 all-time against the Frenchman), Andy Murray vs. Kei Nishikori (Murray 7-1), and Wawrinka against Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro (4-2 over Wawrinka).
Looking ahead to the semifinals, if the aforementioned players get that far, then you arrive at the heavy hitter matches. One possible semi includes Djokovic and Nadal with Wawrinka and Murray in another.
It will be interesting to see how Austrian Dominic Thiem does against the improving del Potro, to whom Thiem has already lost this year. Were the Argentinian to win, his personal roll since the Rio Olympics would continue.
If it’s chalk for the two top seeds, Djokovic has an all-time 24 to 10 advantage over Murray.