WILL ROGER HEAL IN TIME?
The ATP tour moves from Montreal, straight to Cincinnati this week and there are already budding story lines ahead of this year’s U.S Open. Six out of the top eight men’s seeds are missing from this tournament, including Roger Federer. He “tweaked” his back in Montreal and it showed throughout the tournament, particularly in the final. The looming question – will he be fully rested in time for the U.S Open? The tennis world sure hopes so.
IS ZVEREV A U.S OPEN FAVORITE… YET?
How about Alexander Zverev. He comes into Cincinnati, full of confidence and momentum. With two masters 1000 titles to his name and with such a depleted field, one wonders if it wouldn’t be wise to place the young star as the third favorite to win the U.S Open, behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. It is a tempting choice, but one I’ll withhold for now. The last time Zverev entered a grand slam on a red hot tear – he won the Rome Masters right before Roland Garros – he lost in the first round.
DOES NADAL NEED TO VALIDATE HIS RETURN TO #1
Finally, we have Rafael Nadal. The bull returns to the top of the rankings for the first time since 2014. It’s a very, very impressive achievement especially when you consider how far and hard Rafa had to push to get back to tennis’s elite. The question remains though, now that Rafa is the pole man in tennis once more, shouldn’t he send the tennis world a message, an announcement of his return perhaps by winning Cincinnati? I’ve heard a bit of these suggestions and I beg to differ. Rafa already made a statement, which is why he got back to number one. Along with Federer and Zverev, he’s had the most impressive season, including a sublime victory at Roland Garros, where he celebrated La Decima. Return validated. A win in Cincinnati would merely be the icing on a long sought after cake.
Next, I’ll be previewing three must see matches from the ATP and the WTA. Stay tuned for that analysis, coming soon.
Happy match watching.