This is the second post in a series I am writing about the 2013 US Open. The event begins Monday, August 26 and the draw for the tournament was released yesterday. You can view the first post by clicking here.
I was surprised by several of the matches that could occur before the semifinals at this year’s US Open. In this post, I discuss some of the top players’ draws for this tournament.
The “Big Four”
For the last few years, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray have been considered the “Big Four” in men’s tennis. Other than the 2009 US Open in which Juan Martín Del Potro was the champion, one of the “Big Four” have won every Grand Slam since the 2005 season.
The “Big Four” are going to be worth watching throughout this tournament because none of these champions have the easiest draw.
Here is a little speculation about how their draws may work out just to make it to the semifinals:
Djokovic  will probably have a bit of a test in the quarterfinals. In this round, Djokovic could potentially play former champion Del Potro  or Tommy Haas , who has been looking pretty good the last few months.
Murray‘s  quarter looks to possibly be a little better than Djokovic’s, but he will likely have to defeat either Thomas Berdych  or Stanislas Wawrinka  to make it to the semifinals. They have all had a good years, and I would expect that to be an exciting quarterfinal match. In the semifinals, he would face the winner of Djokovic’s quarter.
Nadal  and Federer  have ended up in the same quarter of the draw. This sets up a possible quarterfinal match between the two of them, but they will potentially face some tough opponents before they would even get to that point. Nadal could play either Nikolay Davydenko or Fernando Verdasco , who made it to the quarterfinals of this year’s Wimbledon, in the third round. In the fourth round he could be up against either big-serving John Isner  or Gael Monfils, who has had good results US Open. Federer may end up playing Sam Querrey  in the third round and then Tommy Robredo  in the fourth round.
Since Nadal and Federer might play each other, I have included a great video of them promoting a tournament:
While the “Big Four” have been several consistent players at the top of men’s tennis lately, women’s tennis has had Serena Williams. Williams, the top seed in the women’s draw, is the defending champion at this year’s tournament. Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam (it was the US Open) in 1999, and she is still an extremely dominating force in women’s tennis.
I would expect Serena Williams to have a good tournament, but she may have the most interesting draw in this tournament. In the first round she will face Francesca Schiavone. Schiavone won the French Open in 2010. She has also made it to the quarterfinals of the US Open a couple of times. This is a first round match that will likely have the intensity of a match that would take place much later in the tournament.
In Serena Williams’ quarter of the draw is also Sloane Stephens  and her sister, Venus. Serena Williams could play Stephens in the 4th round. Stephens has had a great year and probably her biggest win was when she upset Serena Williams at the Australian Open. Since then, there has been some controversy about what they think about each other, too.
If they can both make it through four rounds, the Williams sisters would battle it out in the quarterfinals. It’s a little unlikely because Venus Williams would possibly have to have three huge wins against Kirsten Flipkens , Carla Suarez Navarro  and then Angelique Kerber  for this match up to happen, but she has an amazing serve and I would not completely count her out of it
Sharapova has made some headlines lately. The third ranked women’s player has recently talked about legally changing her name to Sugarpova, the name of her brand of candy. Sharapova was also in the news about a week ago when she lost to Stephens and then fired her new coach, Jimmy Connors.
Sharapova will not be in any headlines at the US Open because she has withdrawn from this year’s tournament due to a shoulder injury.
Until next time,