Men's Tennis

Will Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Be Undone by Forehand Troubles?

josh millarSenior Analyst ISeptember 2, 2008

With the first week of the US Open in the books, all I’ve heard is what an uneventful week it's been.  For some, a week is uneventful unless there are upsets. Those people don’t really know tennis.

In the first week, the world's top two players have shown a chink in their armour.

Roger Federer, though yet to be truly tested, has looked anything but crisp. He made more forehand errors in his third-round match then I can recall him ever making.

In fact, the forehand appears to be the shot that will decide this year’s last major.

We saw Nadal have trouble with his forehand against Sam Querrey. Once more, Nadal appears to be weary at the end of the hard court season.

I didn’t like Andy Roddick’s chances last week; now he may be the favourite.

Flushing Meadows courts appear to be playing very quick, setting up well for the rambunctious Roddick and his big serve, but like the rest of the group, his forehand is the big question.

Anybody know how Nikolay Davydenko’s forehand is? He may look pretty good by week’s end.

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