Aug 23, 2008

U.S. Open 2008: Can you feel the heat already?

It's the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year 2008.

Men's Singles
Have you check out the draw yet? Personally, I think Roger Federer has a better draw compare to
Rafael Nadal. I would love to see the two along with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in the semifinals.

If Andy Murray is able to achieve that far (he never made it through the quarterfinal in any Grand
Slam before), he could improve his ranking from the current world no. 6 to world no. 4, provided how well David Ferrer (current world no. 4) and Nikolay Davydenko (no. 5) perform.

There has been much said about Juan Martin Del Potro for his recent winning streak, I'm still not convinced about his performance. I mean this guy has never really been tested on heavyweight matches like the U.S. Open. Same goes to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who last made impact at the
Australian Open earlier this year. So, I don't really see these guys as a threat to the top seeds.

For the complete men's singles draw, click here.

Women's Singles
While the women's draw looks pretty imbalanced, Dinara Safina could miss a chance here to win
the U.S. Open being in the tough top half of the draw. Perhaps another rematch here between Safina and Elena Dementieva in the final? While I'm pretty confident with Safina's consistency, could one half of the Williams sisters perform well here on their homegrown?

Ana Ivanovic is back as the world no.1 and top seed. She has recovered from her thumb injury too.
However, she has not been playing for weeks now. So, I believe she's not physically ready to take on the other girls yet especially she belongs to the top half of the draw. It's going to be another short stay for her as the world no. 1 again. As for Maria Sharapova, she's out due to shoulder injury.

For the complete women's singles draw, click here.

It's Always about the Shirtless Guys
Any great tennis tournament is never complete without seeing players practicing, especially when they are shirtless, isn't it? And I don't mean the women players of course. Here are some pictures for your eyes only.

Tommy Haas, one of the sexiest guy in men's tennis.

Tommy Robredo; Why are all the sexy tennis players named Tommy?

David Ferrer has to perform or see Andy Murray surpass him in the world ranking.

Will Marat Safin be able to repeat his outstanding performance in the recent Wimbledon?

(Images via U.S. Open website and andymurray.com)

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