US Open Tennis 2012: Finals We Want to See This Year
If you have been following the U.S. Open tennis this year, you probably have a preferred player that you would like to see featured in the final.
Thus far, the tournament has been engaging. There has been a number of upsets, including Roger Federer's early departure and Petra Kvitova's sendoff in the fourth round.
Although there have been upsets, there have also been strings of success for players who weren't considered to be contenders going into the tournament.
Tomas Berdych exceeded expectations when he advanced to the semifinal, while Janko Tipsarevic reached a career-high, playing in his second quarterfinal ever.
Here are three finals that would shake up Flushing Meadows and Arthur Ashe stadium.
Andy Murray vs Novak Djokovic
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A Murray and Djokovic showdown would be very predictable at this point in the tournament, and it would be an extremely heated contest.
Murray, who is trying desperately to break into the Big 3, has never won a Grand Slam. If Murray won the U.S. Open, he would become the first British man to win a Grand Slam since Fred Perry in 1936.
Murray was graced with an Olympic crown in early August, which put bigger expectations on him than ever before.
The question is, will this extra pressure help or hinder the Scottish man's game?
The man on the other side of the court would be hoping to put his less-than-perfect year behind him, and take the all too familiar title back home.
The Joker will be facing his first real match when he faces Del Potro in the semifinal. However, I think it is safe to say that Djokovic will come out on top after some very strong performances in the previous rounds.
Both men are on missions to prove themselves.
Although Djokovic is currently ranked as the No. 2 seed in the tournament, he has not played to his potential this year, and winning would prove that he is still at the top of his game.
As for Murray, he has Great Britian's hopes resting heavily on his shoulders.
Tomas Berdych vs Novak Djokovic
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If Tomas Berdych is to win a Grand Slam, the U.S. Open is definitely the stage for triumph.
Currently ranked sixth in the world, Berdych has been playing magnificent tennis at the Open. Although Federer's game was lackluster in the quarterfinals, Berdych made no mistake and took advantage of King Roger's weaknesses.
His last big performance was his appearance in the 2010 Wimbledon final where he faced Rafa Nadal. Yes, his performances have been inconsistent this year, but something tells me Berdych is going to fight for a place in the final.
Murray's performances thus far in the Open have not been perfect. He had a slow start against Marin Cilic, proving there are weaknesses for Berdych to prey upon.
There are not many players in the game who can handle Berdych's intensity behind the ball. He pushes his opponents back, forcing them onto one foot.
I would not be completely surprised if the Czech man got a pass into the final, in lieu of the Scot.
Djokovic would be an incredibly tough opponent for Berdych, but the Djoker has shown that he is not invincible this year.
Both Djokovic and Berdych are equipped with incredibly strong first serves. Djokovic likes to hit a flat first serve, which wins him many free points.
Berdych has proved his serving power is on forum, reaching speeds of 123 miles an hour in his fourth-round match versus Federer.
Djokovic is an all-around player, with exceptionally good footwork and let's face it: he is Djokovic.
But I feel that a part of us wants Berdych to surpass Murray and stand in Arthur Ashe Stadium with a chance of winning.
Andy Murray vs David Ferrer
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David Ferrer is fresh off his win in the quarterfinals and will soon be finding out his faith for the semifinal.
Ferrer is ranked fifth in the world this year and has been playing consistent tennis, although he has not yet made a Grand Slam final in his career.
Ferrer will be hoping to change that fact in the semifinal, which takes place on Saturday.
A final between Ferrer and Murray would be extremely refreshing. They have different strengths, which would add to the flavor of the game, and neither of them have ever won Grand Slam titles.
Ferrer is a very agile, effervescent player, who uses his foot speed constantly and has the ability to keep the ball in play. He is probably one of the best defensive players in the game.
Although Ferrer is extremely mobile on court, his groundstrokes are not his best strength.
Murray is much stronger in that department, but sometimes he waits for an unforced error which could be a problem if he is playing Ferrer.
Ferrer's serve is in good health at the moment too. The Spaniard pocketed 15 aces in the quarterfinal, and proved he is not going to be a walkover.
It would be a mesmerising final.