Tops and Flops of the US Open 2019

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Tops and Flops of the US Open 2019

TOPS Rafael Nadal, 10. He is like a lion: the smell of victory is irresistible and he is a born predator. He takes advantage of Djokovic and Federer's pains and he bites a tournament that was only a formality - despite the final scare with Medvedev - winning his fourth title at Flushing Meadows.

Federer's Slam record has at only one title. Legend! Daniil Medvedev, 9. The rise of this boy is unstoppable. In the final, he almost sends Nadal's nervous system out of tune. On hard-courts, he can become one of the best.

Strong! Matteo Berrettini, 8. Against Nadal, he had no hope, but the semi-final is a well-deserved prize after a great season. He can play well on all surfaces. If he improves some aspects of his tennis he can aim for very important goals.

Ambitious! Grigor Dimitrov, 8. Reborn at Flushing Meadows after months of hibernation, also beating Federer in five sets. The first sign of awakening? Bianca Andreescu, 10. The future dominator of women's tennis crowns a fantastic season by winning her first Major at 19-years-old, and against Serena Williams.

Her mental strength is a skill that the other girls of her generation don't have and, combined with brilliant tennis, will give her a great future. Injuries are just a memory. Queen! Serena Williams, 9. In the finals, it is still the management of pressure that stops her.

This record does not want to come. It seems like a curse. But this time she was fine physically, and in the final, she could and should have done something more. Mission Impossible! Elina Svitolina, 8. Second consecutive Slam-semifinal.

Finally, she is also blossoming in the Majors. However, the last step is still missing. Improved! Belinda Bencic, 8. She confirms a new psycho-physical shape reaching her first Slam-semifinal. She found herself again, and now she must aim for even more important goals.

Confirmation! FLOPS Roger Federer, 5. Against Dimitrov, he had a unique chance. After Wimbledon 2019 it was difficult for him to quickly find mental solidity. He needs more time but his Slam record trembles. Destabilized! Dominic Thiem, 4.

He must reschedule his schedule because he is having too much trouble in the second half of the season. A champion must also know how to program. Tired! Alexander Zverev, 5. Yet another flop. Better start thinking about 2020 ...

Stefanos Tsitsipas, 4. Unrecognizable and perhaps overrated! Naomi Osaka, 5. She lost the crown of the US Open and the first place of the WTA Ranking. Total darkness after the Australian Open. Involute! Simona Halep, 5. Wimbledon bubbles have yet to be disposed of.

She arrives in New York tired after a great summer. She could do better, anyway. Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova, 5. They started among the favorites but they are the real disappointments of the women's tournament.