2018 US Open Brackets and Commentary
The Grand Slam of the Empire State
2018 US Open Brackets: Men’s Singles Draw
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2018 US Open Brackets: Novak Djokovic Wins Men’s Singles Tournament
He’s back: Novak Djokovic has won back-to-back Grand Slam events, and his first US Open since 2015. The Serb is all the way back from his injuries and the rest of the men’s tennis circuit is on notice.
Roger Federer’s loss to John Millman was one of the big upsets of the tournament, taking away what would have been a meeting of Djokovic and Federer in the quarterfinals.
Despite how good a player Juan Martin del Potro, the US Open runner-up, has been, he’s now just 4-15 all-time against Djokovic.
2018 US Open Brackets: Who’s Out So Far, Men’s Singles, September 3
The following top 20 men’s seeded players have been eliminated:
-Alexander Zverev (#4), the highest to drop so far, in the third round against Philipp Kohlschreiber.
-Kevin Anderson (#5), in a minor upset to Dominic Thiem.
-Grigor Dimitrov (#8), bounced in the first round against Stan Wawrinka.
-Pablo Carreño Busta (#12), called it quits in the second round against João Sousa.
-Diego Schwartzman (#13), another one losing in a minor upset, this to Kei Nishikori.
-Fabio Fognini (#14), in a second-round surprise against John Millman.
-Stefanos Tsitsipas (#15), a “player to watch,” against Daniil Medvedev in the second round.
-Kyle Edmund (#16), a first-round exit against Paolo Lorenzi.
-Lucas Pouille (#17), dropped in the third round to the aforementioned Sousa.
-Jack Sock (#18), gone in the second against Nikoloz Basilashvili.
-Roberto Bautista Agut (#19), fell in the first round to Jason Kubler.
-Borna Ćorić (#20), just exited in the fourth vs. Juan Martin del Potro.
2018 US Open Brackets: Men’s Singles Analysis, August 30
So, how about that chair umpire lighting a fire under the ass of Nick Kyrgios? And it worked, no less. The ump’s name is Mohamed Lahyani, and Pierre-Hugues Herbert is probably annoyed that Kyrgios got a pep talk and he didn’t. It doesn’t matter, anyway: either would have lost to Roger Federer in the next round.
Another banner year for American men’s tennis is coming in Queens. So far, only one, John Isner, has made it to the third round. Jack Sock was among the early casualties. As for Andy Murray of Great Britain, there will be no comeback this year as he lost to Fernando Verdasco in four sets in the second round.
All the big names you’d expect to be there — Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic — are still kicking.
2018 US Open Brackets: Men’s Singles Analysis, August 24
Roger Federer continues to amaze even as he creeps far outside of the “prime” years for a tennis player. In a sport where some retire in their 20s, he is 37 and ranked second in the world. Note kindly, however, that he last won the US Open in 2008. Maybe persistent traffic on the Van Wyck has gotten him off his game over the years. For someone who has won a paltry $117 million in prize money in his career, I will take a minute to feel sorry for him. You have to admit, he seems like a good guy, and there is no question he is one of the best male tennis players of all-time.