Despite some challenges during the midst of the pandemic, given the running and abrupt halt of the ill-fated Adria Tour, it is remarkable to know that at the time of writing Djokovic is still unbeaten on the tour in 2020!
In the hunt for fourth US Open title and his 18th Slam title overall – the draw has been pretty generous to the current World No. 1
Old habits die hard and Thiem’s practice of playing every match in sight made him arguably the most return-ready tennis player ahead of the tour restarting, but the practice of coming back to the tour has been anything but successful with a disappointing first round loss in the Western & Southern Open.
He has proved he has the ability to make a run at a Slam that is not on the clay, but he has a challenging draw if he is coming in this undercooked.
Returning to the courts where Medvedev managed to turn the hostility of the crowds to his side, and put up a brave fight in the final last year, he managed to get a couple of rounds under his belt since the restart.
While it looks as though his round could be tricky, his deficits came against opponents on the clay – given his performances last year, you would have to give the lanky Russian the edge on the quick hard courts in New York, especially with matches on his side.
If we are still waiting for one of the younger pack to make their mark, this could well be the slam to do it. Tsitsipas is still in action at the time of writing for the Western & Southern Open and was in imperious form in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, and with Thiem looking a little shaky, the time might be right for the soulful Greek.
Tsitsipas’ Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Albert Ramos Vinolas | H2H: Tsitsipas leads 2-0
R2: Jozef Kovalik | H2H: Tied at 1-1 (Challenger Level)
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