The 2012 U.S. Open is the year’s final Grand Slam tournament, and the action will be the fiercest we see all season.
No player wants to lose and miss out on the momentum that winning the final event of the year can provide, but there are only a few stars that will achieve tennis greatness this week.
Make sure you tune in using the live stream provided so you don’t miss a second of the wild action. The following list of players will have excellent remaining matches that should be enough to sway even the most casual tennis fans to pay attention.
It’s the U.S. Open—this is where legends are made.
Which star will shine brightest?
When: Tournament ends Sunday, September 9
Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y.
Watch: CBS, ESPN2, Tennis Channel and CBS Sports Network
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Remaining Stars to Watch
After winning a gold medal on the grass courts of Wimbledon over the summer, Great Britain’s own Andy Murray is looking to capitalize on the momentum he built by snagging his first career Grand Slam.
As much as Federer has beaten down the British star over the years, the advantage has to be in Murray’s court right now after the huge win at the 2012 Olympics. We can’t forget that Federer was the one that lost to Murray in that final.
Besides Serena Williams, the only woman that could be placed on the same level of elite play after the majority of the 2012 season would be Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Azarenka won this year’s first Grand Slam (Australian Open) and made it to the semifinals of the 2012 Wimbledon tournament as well. She also reached the semis in the Olympics before being beaten by eventual gold-medalist Serena Williams.
With her continued stellar play and a little bit of luck, there is no reason why the young star can’t add another Grand Slam win to her resume. Azarenka will have to overcome Williams again at some point, but she has proven in the past that she can beat the American legend.
With the momentum of a 2012 Wimbledon Grand Slam win and a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics, it would be fair to say tennis great Roger Federer is red hot entering this year’s U.S. Open.
Of all the men’s players that benefit from the absence of Nadal, Federer had to be the most relieved to see him withdraw. Of the seven finals losses in Grand Slams Fed-Ex has had over his career, six have come at the hands of Nadal.
The road to the title will not be easy, though, especially with the likes of Murray and Djokovic still in the field. As Federer has proven in the past, he can beat those stars if that’s what it’ll take to win another Grand Slam.
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