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2017 US Open Preview and Predictions - Who will win the title at Flushing Meadows?

Rippa Staff 28 Aug 2017
  • Can Roger Federer win his third Grand Slam of the season?
  • Will we have a new Female Grand Slam Champion? 

Who will win the 2017 US Open? Can Roger Federer win his third Grand Slam of 2017 or will there be an upset? Can Angelique Kerber defend her title or will we have a new Grand Slam Champion? 


Men's Singles

With both Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray withdrawing from the U.S. Open due to injury, we now have a much narrower market. Roger Federer holds favouritism, ahead of Rafael Nadal and young gun Alexander Zverev. As has been the case for over a decade, it would take multiple upsets for the other players to contend however that’s not impossible, as equal fourth favourite Marin Cilic showed, winning the US Open title back in 2014.

Although Alexander Zverev defeated Roger Federer in straight sets in their Final at the Canadian Masters, It’s almost impossible to go against the Swiss Maestro to make it three Grand Slams in as many attempts this year. After four very average years by Federer’s standards, Possibly the greatest ever has reclaimed his power, with a 35-3 record this year and a 16-0 record in Grand Slams, Federer is looking as dominant as he did a decade ago. Federer has planned his schedule wisely, playing on eight tournaments in eight months. Those eight tournaments include victories at the Australian Open, Indian Wells Masters, Miami Masters, Halle and Wimbledon.

 The 20-year-old from Germany Alexander Zverev is at Number Six in the world following his title victories at Washington and a week later at the Canadian Masters defeating Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 in the Final. Zverev must be considered a big threat, however, his lack of big-game experience might prove the deciding factor in the second week. 

Rafael Nadal claimed the Number One player in the world despite having three average tournaments. A five-set loss to Gilles Muller at Wimbledon has been followed up with a shock second-round loss to hometown hero Denis Shapovalov (ranked 174)  3-6 6-4 7-6(4) in the Canadian Masters and a third-round loss to big-hitting Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Cincinnati Masters. Roger Federer is 16-0 in best of five-set matches this year and has won his last 25 sets at Grand Slam level. Impossible to tip against him going for three straight Grand Slam victories. 


Ladies' Singles

The 22-year-old Elina Svitolina has shot herself up the WTA Rankings this year and now sits and Number four in the world. Svitolina started her year off with a Semifinal at the Brisbane International and followed that up with title victories in Taipei City and Dubai. The titles kept coming for the 22-year-old Svitolina, winning in Istanbul and following that up three weeks later by winning the Rome Masters on Clay, defeating hot favourite Simona Halep in three sets.

Svitolina faced Halep just two weeks later in the French Open quarter-final. Svitolina was a set and 5-4 up, serving for the match but couldn’t get it done, losing 3-6 7-6(6) 6-0. The grass isn’t Svitolina’s favourite surface but she still pushed to the Round of 16 at Wimbledon without losing a set before losing to Jelena OStapenko 6-3 7-6(6). Back on Hard court, Svitolina showed why she deserves her Top 10 ranking, defeating Venus Williams (6-2 6-1), Garbine Muguruza (4-6 6-4 6-3), Simona Halep (6-1 6-1) and Caroline Wozniacki (6-4 6-0) on her way to a title in the Canadian Masters.

 I like the draw for Svitolina, a possible second-round encounter against the Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is dangerous but unless Bouchard brings her A+ game which is a rarity these days, she shouldn’t trouble Svitolina. Madison Keys and Angelique Kerber are the two dangers to Svitolina in her quarter  Svitolina has an overall record of 42-9 this year and is ready to make herself a household name. She will win a Grand Slam soon and in my opinion, It’s either here at the US Open or early next year at the Australian Open. $11.00 looks great value. 



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