The Tennis Gods have done it again. They are forcing us to potentially see the best players meet in rounds earlier than the finals. We’ve seen some great rivalries over the years with the power four men’s players, Nadal vs. Federer, and Murray vs. Djokovic. While the new seedings may not show that, with Federer being ranked seventh for the US Open, we all know how serious they are to contend for the title. It’s a little disappointing to know that we obviously won’t see all four of these players in the semifinals, as they would guarantee to bring amazing games to the grand slam event.
Let’s start with the first possible match up, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. Nadal has been given the 2 seed for the US Open, and Federer is ranked 7th, as mentioned above. It’s the lowest seeding for Federer since he was ranked 13th back in 2002. Both players have had up and down years this season, so it would be interesting to see if they can even reach the quarterfinals of the last grand slam of the year.
Another major match we might get to witness would be defending champion Andy Murray against number 1 seeded Novak Djokovic. It’s also worth noting that both of Murray’s Grand Slam victories, the 2012 US Open as well as this summer’s Wimbledon Championship, have come against Djokovic. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to see a possible rematch of last year’s finals.
According to an article on ESPN, these two possible scenarios aren’t the only ones we could get to see when the tournament begins early next week.
The other possible men’s quarterfinals are 2011 champion Djokovic vs. 2009 champion Juan Martin Del Potro, No. 3 Murray vs. No. 5 Tomas Berdych, and No. 4 David Ferrer vs. No. 8 Richard Gasquet.