American Tennis after the US Open
by Jacopo Tezza
Another amazing session of the US Open has come to an end and it is time to draw some conclusions from it.
Although most of the tennis fans and non around the world were cheering for Roger Federer (myself included), I must say it was refreshing to see 2 new faces taking over the final act of the last Grand Slam of the year. It was 2005 last time we had a final without the big 4 (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Murray) in it. This generation of magnificent champions is far from seeing the end of it, but few players are slowly closing the gap that separates them from those top competitors.
I must be honest, Cilic has been a surprise to me. We all have noticed his remarkable season with the addition of Goran Ivaniseveic in his staff, but raise your hand if you picked him to win the whole tournament. This major achievement in his career can be the first step towards his final maturation process. We will see now how he deals with the pressure of being one of the favorites. Nishikori has showed his game is up to par to anyone on a given day, but his serve needs to get better if he wants to be a top 5 player on consistent basis.
It is also time to draw some conclusions about American tennis. The Men’s and Women’s American tennis have never been so far apart. On one side you have Serena Williams adding another major title to her magnificent career, and behind her many young Americans women trying to make a statement for themselves. On the other side, there were no American players in the 4rd round in the men’s singles draw. This trend is alarming. It has been the case for quite some time now. John Isner has been the only consistent man in the top 20 for the past years, and simply put it is not enough for the American Tennis. Despite this major down-moment, I believe there is some light at the end of this dark tunnel, but it will take some time.