Can Andy Murray Defend His US Open Title?

| July 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Andy Murray stormed to the 2012 US Open Title and his first major championship. Since then, his stock has raised steadily, culminating in a number two ranking and another major title at Wimbledon. Murray sat out the French Open with a strained back after reaching the finals in Melbourne.

Despite the presence of Novak Djokovic, runner-up at Wimbledon and a former US Open Champion, Murray will be the player to beat at this year’s Open. Murray has gained new focus under coach Ivan Lendl and as he displayed in London, he has all elements of the game firing on all cylinders.

With terrific foot speed, his court coverage is unparalleled. His deft touch gives him a decided edge in bringing players off the baseline with jaw-popping drop shots. What Murray has now that he did not have before Lendl is composure and steely determination.     

Tickets for 22 of 29 US Open Sessions are still available. The Open will begin play on August 26th with the Men’s Final schedule3d for September 9, 2013.

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The Open expects to see all the top players including Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, David Ferrer and former champ, Argentina’s Juan Marin del Potro who pressed Djokovic to a five-set thriller that may have been the best match at Wimbledon. The game has changed and with a handful of six foot plus men blasting shots from the baseline, upsets can be expected Somehow, Murray and Djokovic seem to find their way to the finals in these big tournaments, no easy feat.

Male players of today are as about as close as it comes to modern day gladiators.

In the women’s game, top seed Serena Williams will be looking to regain her claim to the strongest player on the tour after her disappointment at Wimbledon. German Sabine Lisicki would like to ride her 124 mph serve to another run of more upsets that turned Wimbledon upside down.

Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka departed Wimbledon early in shocking upsets that will have the 2nd and third ranked payers looking for redemption. Azarenka lost to Williams in last year’s final and Sharapova is a perennial crowd favorite in NY.  Aggie Radwanska fell in London but will compete in New York. She may be the tour’s most consistent competitor.

A young corps of American women will get lots of play at the Open. Led by Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, These young women have a lot of talent and can pull upsets at any level. Jamie Hampton is a power server that may fare well on the fast surface at Flushing Meadows.

Discover why New York is the place for tennis. This year’s event is sure to be filled with the passion that NY demands.

 

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