Tops and Flops of the US Open 2017!- View: 2803 by Lorenzo Ciotti
Rafael Nadal, 10. He took advantage of all the gifts that the draw and his opponents gave him. He won with his usual craftiness. He reduced any rival who stood in his way, destroyed them physically and psychologically.
Roger Federer's 19 Slams are closer. Barbaric Kevin Anderson, 9. The run to the final of the ATP Tour's anti-cover man, which ended against Nadal. However, he was able to win important matches, as against Pablo Carreno Busta.
Was he Lucky? Juan Martin del Potro, 8. He made miracles in the matches against Dominic Thiem and Federer. He almost denied Nadal, too. Then he collapsed under the claws of the Hispanic barbarian, who with his super forehand kept attacking del Potro's backhand.
However, he can still play in the most important tournaments. Perks up Roger Federer, 6. His back injury certainly influenced the Swiss performances, but against del Potro, he lived a technical and tactical drama that Ljubicic did not deserve to attend.
However, the beauty of his tennis is always wonderful to be admired for fans and crowds. Crystal Andrey Rublev, Carreno Busta and Denis Shapovalov, 7. They were the real surprises of the tournament. They animated Flushing Meadows' courts with super performances.
Especially the Russian and Canadian. The Spaniard's tennis is boring, but he was the most effective of the Iberian team after Nadal. Strong Alexander Zverev, 3. He started as one of the favorites on the eve of the tournament.
Once again, the German failed to hold the pressure in a Slam tournament, being defeated by Rublev. He is not yet ready to compete at high levels. Disappointment Fabio Fognini, 0. The sentences he addressed to the chair umpire were despicable that got him disqualification and sanctions.
A bad example for young people who are approaching the world of tennis, despite the apologies he asked everyone. Shameful Sloane Stephens, 10. Her victory in Flushing Meadows was incredible. It was incredible also for the crowd of the Arthur Ashe Stadium, which for a day forgot the absence of Serena Williams.
Until a month ago, Stephens was in doubt for the tournament. At the beginning of the year, she was light years away from the top-100 of the ranking. Today she is champion in New York. Playing a perfect tournament, taking advantage of draw's gifts.
Brava Madison Keys, 9. She played a perfect tournament, but was destroyed in the final (where she was favored) because of an injury. She will have to work hard on the mental side of her tennis, but she has the basics and the advantage of age to help her win titles.
Solid Venus Williams, 8. The celebration of reaching the semi-finals indicated her as a probable finalist and winner. She did not make it to the third slam final of 2017, but her performances, at 37, are an example for all young generations.
Legend Coco Vandeweghe, 8. Her exuberant, aggressive and powerful tennis must be moderated with some tactics if she wants to win the most important tournaments. However, when she plays on a fast court, fun is ensured.
Powerful Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova, 6.5. They started as favorites. They partially disappointed expectations, playing a normal tournament, and leaving room for the American party in the semi-finals and the final.
Without much effort, the Spanish player also become world no. 1. Boring Maria Sharapova, 6. The charisma seen on the court against Simona Halep was the proof that in 2018 she will be one of the tennis players to beat.
The physical condition was not at the top, and it was seen, but the grit remained the same. Welcome back Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwasnka and Angelique Kerber, 2. They were the real disappointments of the tournament, and maybe of the whole season.
On the court, they looked like they wandered without a goal, as Walking Dead. Better think about 2018. Weak .