US Open Tennis 2012 Results: Final Scores and Analysis for Top Stars
The U.S. Open is in full swing, and the remaining top seeds have been advancing regularly. However, as the tournament reaches its third and fourth rounds, the challenges get much harder.
This could lead to some of the top players going home earlier than expected. It essentially turns the third and fourth rounds into the upset rounds where underdogs can make a name for themselves.
In a quick rundown of each top seed, there are challenges that await each one. However, at this stage, it's not looking like the top players will be leaving the tournament.
6th Seed Men's: Tomas Berdych
Last Match: Defeated Jürgen Zopp in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
Next Match: Plays Sam Querrey in the third round
Tomas Berdych has been easing his way through the tournament so far. However, so has the 27th-seeded Sam Querrey.
It will be interesting to see how the two match up when they are actually on the court, as Berdych is known for being a hard-hitting player who thrives on hard surfaces and grass.
4th Seed Men's: David Ferrer
Last Match: Defeated Igor Sijsling in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (14-12)
Next Match: Plays Lleyton Hewitt in the third round
David Ferrer takes on Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt next. His path to the third round has been unique in that he's won the first two sets of each match handily, but has then gotten held up closing people out.
It will be interesting to see how the talented Spaniard attacks Hewitt's game and whether or not he can close him out in straight sets like his first two opponents.
3rd Seed Men's: Andy Murray
Last Match: Defeated Ivan Dodig in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3
Next Match: Plays Feliciano Lopez in the third round
Andy Murray is still on a hot streak after winning the gold medal at his home country's Olympics this past year. He's won both of his matches in dominant fashion.
However, he faces his first true challenge in the 30th-ranked Feliciano Lopez. The Spanish lefty will provide a non-traditional matchup for Murray and should win the first set against the Scottish star.
2nd Seed Men's: Novak Djokovic
Last Match: Defeated Rogério Dutra Da Silva in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2
Next Match: Plays Julien Benneteau in the third round
There are tennis players who are good, and then there is Novak Djokovic. He has been crushing his competition so far, losing only a total of seven games in his two matches.
He has yet to lose a set and hasn't won a set by less then four games yet.
Benneteau isn't in a good matchup to try and advance by playing the Djoker. He should lose handily to the ATP's third-ranked player.
1st Seed Men's: Roger Federer
Last Match: Defeated Bjorn Phau in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
Next Match: Plays Fernando Verdasco in the third round
Roger Federer is the best tennis player in the world today.
He has arguably the roughest draw of the remaining seeds by getting the 25th-seeded Fernando Verdaso.
Verdasco is more of a hard-court specialist than anything else, but Flushing Meadows is a hard-court tournament. Expect this one to be much closer than anyone expects.
5th Seed Women's: Petra Kvitova
Last Match: Defeated Pauline Parmentier in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4
Next Match: Plays Marion Bartoli in the fourth round
Petra Kvitova has yet to lose a set in the U.S. Open this year. However, she should finally lose her first set against the WTA's 11th-best player, Marion Bartoli.
The Frenchwoman should provide a great challenge for Kvitova and could be the one to knock out the fifth seed in the tournament.
4th Seed Women's: Serena Williams
Last Match: Defeated María José Martínez Sánchez in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4
Next Match: Plays Ekaterina Makarova in the third round
Serena Williams is the gold-medal winner from London on the women's side of the game. She has been on a tremendous run this year.
She is well on her way to adding the U.S. Open to Wimbledon and her gold medal to have one of the best years in women's tennis ever.
Makarova doesn't seem like she has the power in her game to truly compete with Williams this year.
3rd Seed Women's: Maria Sharapova
Last Match: Defeated Mallory Burdette in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1
Next Match: Plays Nadia Petrova in the fourth round
Maria Sharapova is one of the top three players in the world, but her match with the 22nd-ranked Petrova is her hardest in the U.S. Open thus far.
The highly talented Russian pair both thrive on hard courts and fast surfaces. This could turn into a classic matchup between two very closely matched opponents.
2nd Seed Women's: Agnieszka Radwanska
Last Match: Defeated Carla Suárez Navarro in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Next Match: Plays Jelena Jankovic in the third round
Jankovic is a former top player in the world, according to the WTA. However, that feels like a lifetime ago, as she is now ranked 27th in the world. The Serbian star hasn't won an individual Grand Slam tournament yet and has been to just one final.
Radwanska looks the most human of the top players this year. She lost a set in her last match, and Jankovic could use her as the stepping stone back into prominence in their third-round match.
Top Seed Women's: Victoria Azarenka
Last Match: Defeated Jie Zheng in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1
Next Match: Plays Anna Tatishvili in the fourth round
The best Belarussian player of all time has been the prominent player in this tournament. She has crushed her competition through the first three matches and will be able to continue against an over-matched Anna Tatishvili.
Azarenka defeated the 28th-ranked Jie Zheng by only allowing her to win one game in both sets.
She could completely shut out the Georgian Tatishvili when the two play.