The US Open is the most prestigious US tournament with a prize pot of $24,054,000. It has been chronologically the fourth and final tennis major comprising the Grand Slam each year. The other three are the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. This year had a slow start with a rain delay due to the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, however that quickly changed with a dramatic turn of events.
US Tennis legend Andy Roddick started his retirement at the ripe old age of 30. Roddick has had an impressive career. This includes the capture of the 2003 US Open title, which is the only American Grand Slam victory of the past decade. He further obtained the #1 spot in the world rankings by the end of 2003. This remains the sole instance that a player from the US has topped the Association of Tennis Professionals this century! Roddick’s career came to an end in the fourth round by losing to Juan Martin Del Poro. It was an emotional farewell with a standing ovation to salute an incredible career. Serena Williams even went on to say, ”He’s been the ultimate inspiration for me. Just a great guy, and he did so much for American tennis.”
Juan Martin Del Poro was eventually knocked out of the semifinal by US Open defending champion Novak Djokovic. Djokovic will play David Ferrer, in the semifinals on Saturday.
A second shock occurred this tournament when Roger Federer lost to the Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych. As a 17 time Grand Slam champion, this is the first time since 2003, he was not going to participate in the U.S. Open semifinals. Federer went on to say that it was a very disappointing match.
Tomas Berdych will go on to play Andy Murray in the semifinals on Saturday.
Contrary to the men, the women have had a great tournament. Serena Williams has had a fantastic US Open dominating all her competitors to advance to the semifinals to play Sara Errani today. Williams is the favorite to take home the championship. She has won 14 grand slam titles in her career. This year alone she’s won Wimbledon and took home gold in London.
Maria Sharapova has also had an impressive tournament. After a very shaky start she composed herself during the rain delay and went on to beat Marion Bartoli to advance to the semifinals where she she’s up against Victoria Azarenka.
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The semifinals should make way for an incredible final this weekend! Be sure to tune in to see who takes it all!