The Name is Bond!
The US Open 2012 fans were lucky to have witnessed some amazing scenes on and off the ground during the event's two weeks.
As I write this piece, the last two matches on the men's and women's draw has not been completed. There is no doubt why it should not be anything less amazing!
Let us look at the images that we have seen during the fortnight.
Between the farewells of past champions and the emergence of new players, the US Open had it all.
The 2012 edition also saw some bright performances on court as well as a foreshadowing (for the next year) of who will make their mark in 2013.
Overall, it was a greatly enjoyable edition and as Mr. Bond would say, "Shaken but not stirred!"
Melanie Oudin won the 2011 Mixed Doubles final and there was a large number of fans waiting to see how she would perform this year.
Just one match on the court, and she was off of it as quickly as she came (against Safarova)!
The Williams sisters won the Olympics doubles gold medal and were favorites to win the title in Flushing Meadows as well.
It was not to be, as their performance was not as bright as they would have hoped.
Hey guys! Isn't it time for you to hang up your boots?
Do not make the finals a mere formality by appearing everywhere!
Laura Robson was an Olympics medalist. That is what most people knew about her when she arrived at the US Open.
But, she made sure that everyone would remember her for greater reasons.
A defeat of the legendary Kim Clijsters and then a follow-up win over Li Na meant that Robson had arrived on the big stage!
Kim Clijsters tried her best to stay long in the tournament by appearing in doubles also!
But, it was not to be her day (or days) in the US Open.
She lost her matches and promptly bid good-bye (once again) to the WTA Tour in the US Open.
Martin Klizan's emergence was like a breath of fresh air in the men's draw.
The Slovak defeated Tsonga in the second round and finally bowed out in the fourth round to Marin Cilic.
In between, he defeated Jeremy Chardy in the third round, showing off his progress as a warning to all of his competition.
The Scot might be telling the Canadian to bide his time for couple of years more, but if the young Raonic's progress continues in the same way, no one knows.
Next year might well be the rise of the young Milos Raonic in the ATP Tour. Watch out!
In recent history, when Roger Federer lost before the semifinals in Grand Slam tournaments, Tomas Berdych was behind it.
The Czech was behind it this time also, ousting Federer from the tournament as the result of to a blistering performance in the quarterfinal.
This was the earliest Federer had lost in a long time and this defeat would definitely rankle him more than the Olympics loss.